8-year-old from Bengaluru creates world record in forward rolls

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Oct. 23 : An eight-year- old girl in Bengaluru has set a new Guinness world record by completing 2,787 forward rolls in an hour.

Deeksha Girish broke the previous record set by American Ashrita Furman in Bulgaria in 2007 with 1,330 forward rolls.

Girish impressed spectators and judges by covering a distance of almost three miles while rolling. "She has finished 2,787 rolls in one hour. That is 4.456 kilometers and 2.767 miles in one hour," said a judge, advocate Krishna Behar. Girish was guided by her coach Baswaraj. According to him, she had been practicing for the attempt for the last year-and-a-half. "I feel very happy to break this record," said an elated Girish. The forward roll is one of the most basic elements in gymnastics. According to the rules set by the Guinness World Records, the participant's hands or fingers should not touch the ground at any point during their attempt.

Ashley Wallis of the United Kingdom currently holds the record for most forward rolls (75) in a minute.

Source: ANI