Thursday, August 22, 2013
Fastest mile hopping: Joseph Scavone breaks Guinness world record
HAMBURG, NJ, USA -- Joseph Scavone Jr., 30, a truck driver at Picatinny Arsenal base, has hopped into the Book of World Records for the fastest mile hopped on one foot, after nearly three years of recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon; he beat the previous Guinness World Records' record of 27 minutes and 51 seconds, set in 2006 by American Ashrita Furman, last year with a time of 23 minutes and 15 seconds, according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: Pat Cameron trails behind Joe Scavone, timing him and recording his efforts, as Scavone goes for the hopping record. After five attempts, Joe Scavone has achieved his goal. He beat the Guinness world record for hopping on one foot. Photo: The Advertiser News (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records' record for the longest time to hop on one leg on a treadmill at a constant speed of 6.5 km/h (4.04 mph) is 4 minutes 2.6 seconds and was achieved by Will Elrick (Australia).
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the fastest 100m hopping on one leg; it was set by Rommell Griffith (Barbados) in 15.57 sec as part of the Barbados World Record Festival at the Barbados National Stadium, St Michael, Barbados.
Scavone, a heavy truck driver at Picatinny Arsenal, started hopping as a form of rehabilitation after rupturing his Achilles tendon in an indoor soccer game in 2009, a pain he likened to being "hit with a baseball bat in the leg."
The injury caused Scavone to lose all function in his calf muscle and required surgery to reattach the tendon, The New Jersey Herald reported.
Two years ago, Scavone unofficially beat the record but did not have proper documentation to qualify him for the record book: two witnesses, two time keepers, a videographer, photographer and a source of media coverage.
Scavone said he trained "extremely hard" for the record-setting attempt including cardiovascular exercise, weightlifting and plyometrics.
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