Another Nigerian identified as a student of Oyemekun Grammar School in Akure, Ondo State, Philip Solomon has set new world record and been declared the Guinness World Record holder for the most skips on one foot in 30 seconds.
The 17-year-old student was on January 24, skipped 153 in 30 seconds using one foot to dethrone the former record holder Rasel Islam of Bangladesh whose record was pegged at 145 counts.
It was also gathered that Solomon recorded a speed average of 5.1 skips per second during the skipping.
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The Guinness World Record ratified his record on Tuesday after four months of his attempt.
This makes him the first Nigeria and African Rope Skipper to hold the record.
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A statement on the Guinness World Record website read, “The most skips in 30 seconds on one foot is 153, and was achieved by Philip Solomon (Nigeria), in Akure, Nigeria, on 24 January 2023.
“Philip was inspired by the previous holder of this record title Rasel Islam after seeing a video of their record attempt. He has been training to achieve the record and was honoured to attend a skipping world championship.”
Solomon has joined his Ijapo High school, Akure counterpart, Gbenga Ezekiel, who was in February declared the world record holder for most skips on one leg in one minute with 265 skips, to increase Nigeria’s rope skipping Guinness World Records to two.
The senior secondary school three students also said he was inspired by Ezekiel’s feat earlier this year