Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Kenyan ball jugglers try for Guinness Book of World Records

Kenya is known more for its athletics prowess rather than its footballing power. 2 Kenyan brothers have been trying to change that perception of Kenyan entries in the Guinness Book of World Records. Over the years, different Kenyan athletes have featured there with the earliest being Henry Rono back in 1977-8 when he broke and held at least 4 world records over 4 different athletics races.
In the 1980s, John Ngugi made it as the first athlete to win 5 world cross country championships along with other legends such as Julius Kariuki-3000m steeplechase record ( which has since been broken ) along with a host of other athletes.
1990s saw this Moses Kiptanui make the spoils along with a host of other athletes such as Paul Tergat, Richard Chelimo just to name a few.
Back to the ball juggling, where the Yoga brothers, Willis and Kenneth first attempted these records of juggling the ball the longest non-stop with any part of the body and the other juggling the ball on top of a motorcycle.
In 2006,
Willis Yoga, 22, bounced a soccer ball with his head for seven straight hours to break the existing record in his category at 11:45 a.m., but continued the action until 3:15 p.m., when he deliberately let the ball fall, after clocking seven hours, 37 minutes and 18 seconds. On the other hand, Kenneth Yoga, 27, had hoped to break an existing 19-hour juggling time record set by a Brazilian, Eduardo Orige, who bounced a ball using his head and legs, but the ball slipped and fell to the ground at exactly 12:18 p.m. owing to a muscle pull.- Source Ohmy News
The past weekend they attempted the records of juggling the ball with any part of the body and the other for riding on board a motorbike while juggling. While the records await verification, we at Sportskenya applaud them for putting us right there on the Guiness Book of World Records. Check more records here.

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