Guinness World Records today celebrates the eighteenth annual GWR Day. With the theme of Super Skills, record-breaking hopefuls from across the globe have put on a jaw-dropping display of dedication, persistence and elite-level talent.

The UK’s contribution to GWR Day is a demonstration of incredible strength, skill and derring-do. Professional gymnast and Youtuber Ashley Watson, 29 from Leeds, broke his own record of 5m 87 for Farthest backflip between two horizontal bars soaring an incredible 6 metres! It was a tense and immensely difficult feat, which he achieved in his home-town gym in Leeds. 

Ashley Watson said: “Being able to break my own Guinness World Records title after years of training feels incredible, back in 2018 when I first broke the record I could never have imagined adding a whole 13cm onto the distance three years later.” 

Guinness World Records adjudicator Alan Pixley said: “Seeing Ash achieve this record was truly spectacular, he totally embodies this year’s theme of super skills. Ash and all of this year’s Guinness World Records title holders are an example of how crafting your skills and strengths can lead you to becoming Officially Amazing.”

Ashley has been a gymnast for over 15 years and was part of the Great Britain Performance Squad – travelling the world and collecting medal after medal as he did. 


In true Guinness World Records Day tradition, the records from around the globe are diverse.  Among them Takahiro Ikeda from Japanachieved 3 Guinness World Records including Most BMX time machines in 30 seconds (45), while in China Zhang Shuang broke Fastest time to pull a car 50 meters walking on hands, managing an impressive 1 minute 13.27 seconds.

First held in 2004 to mark Guinness World Records becoming the best-selling copyright book of all time, GWR Day has inspired some now iconic record-breaking achievements. This year over 1000 applications were received from aspiring record breakers across the world, hoping to attempt records on GWR Day to secure their place in the next edition of the book.  

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2022 (RRP £20) is now available for purchase in stores and online, with discounts widely available.



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