Kenichi Ito Breaks World Guinness Records Day 2013 – Fastest 100m on All Fours Arms and Legs

 

Whenever a runner can chip nearly a full second off a world record in a sprint race, you know he or she put in an impressive performance. That was the case this week in Tokyo, where Kenichi Ito shattered his old mark and set a new world record for fastest 100-meter dash run on all fours. Ito completed the race in 16.87 seconds, breaking last year’s time of 17.47 seconds.

As one might imagine, training for this kind of event is not easy. Ito says he’s walked around his neighborhood in Tokyo on all fours for nearly a decade. He’s enamored with primates, and says his running style is based off the African Patas monkey.

“You know my face and body kind of looks like a monkey, so from a young age everyone used to tease me, saying ‘monkey, monkey,'” Ito told the International Business Times. “But I wasn’t really bothered because I really liked them, and somewhere inside of me I had this ambition to adopt one of their traits.”

Although he dusted the rest of the field, perhaps racing against others might have helped Ito post a faster time this year. Check out the video from his performance in 2012 where he was the only one on the track:

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