Fastest mile juggling five objects: Matthew Feldman breaks world record (VIDEO) HOUSTON, TX, USA -- Matthew Feldman, a 20-year-old University of Florida student who is conducting research this summer at Rice University, jogged one mile while simultaneously juggling five balls in 6 minutes, 33.65 seconds
- setting the new world record for the Fastest mile juggling five objects, while raising awareness and money for Isatome, a community of people in the town of Minamisanriku affected by last year's Japanese tsunami. Photo: Matt Feldman broke the Guinness World Record for joggling. (enlarge photo)
The previous Guinness world record of 7 minutes, 41 seconds was held for 23 years by American Bill Gillen.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the Fastest mile juggling with three objects - women, set by Kathy Glynn (USA), who ran 1.6 km (1 mile) in 6 min 17 sec at the International Juggling Association's Joggling Championships, Loyola College, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Feldman's official attempt at Rice was part of his efforts to raise awareness and money for Isatome, a community of people in the town of Minamisanriku affected by last year's Japanese tsunami.
"I felt pretty good, but I was pretty tired," Feldman said. "6:33 isn't my personal best time, but I feel good about getting the attempt done and obtaining the record."
"You have to be an Olympic level athlete to run that fast, whilst juggling five balls," said Albert Lucas, director of Olympic development for the International Sport Juggling Federation.
"Matt has broken a record that has stood for 23 years … this is a historic achievement and raises the bar for a the new generation of sport jugglers."
Feldman also holds Guinness World Records for joggling five balls for 5,000 meters (27:06.74 minutes) and 400 meters (1:10.5 minutes).
Feldman is studying electrical engineering at the University of Florida and working toward degrees in physics and Japanese language.
At Rice, Feldman is conducting nanomaterials research in the lab of professor Pulickel Ajayan.
He plans to take the fall semester off to do an internship at SpaceX, a private company that designs, manufactures and launches rockets and spacecraft.