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'Monkey’ runner breaks four-legged sprint record

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 01:03

Nov. 14 - Kenichi Ito breaks his own record for sprinting on all fours over 100 meters, with a style of running based on the wiry Patas monkey of Africa. Tara Cleary reports.

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An Olympic event it's not -- but Kenichi Ito is trying to break the record he set for the hundred meters on all fours. And Carlos Martinez from Guinness World Records makes it official. SOUNDBITE: Carlos Martinez, Guinness World Records adjudicator, saying (English): "Kenichi Ito has broken his own record in setting with a new mark of 16.87 seconds." Ito created the four-legged running style after studying Africa's wiry Patas monkey. He says his goal is to race against the world's top two-legged sprinters. SOUNDBITE: Kenichi Ito, Guinness World Record holder for the fastest time running the 100 meters on all fours, saying (Japanese): "Last year I got below 18 seconds, this year below 17 and next year it will be under 15. If I carry on at this rate and knock off a second every year, then by the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 I'll be able to run below the 10-second mark - it will be me getting the gold for sprinting!" So step aside, Usain Bolt!

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'Monkey’ runner breaks four-legged sprint record

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 01:03