On the 17th of November 2021, Guinness World Records celebrates the eighteenth annual GWR Day with a brand new theme: super skills.
In the name of extreme, amazing skills record-breakers from across the globe have displayed their elite-level talent.
On this occasion, professional gymnast and Youtuber Ashley Watson (UK) broke his previous record for the farthest back flip between two horizontal bars with the jaw-dropping distance of 6 m (19 ft 68 in).
The 29-year-old previously held the same record with an astounding 5.87 m (19 ft 3.1 in) and managed to challenge his limits once more.
Ashley achieved his incredible new distance in his hometown gym in Leeds, soaring for six meters in a tension-packed moment.
"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." - Ashley Watson
After the attempt, which kept the entire gym holding its breath, Ashley said he felt relieved because he didn’t want to let his friends and family down.
He most certainly didn’t disappoint them, conquering another amazing result as the crowd cheered for him.
Guinness World Records adjudicator Alan Pixley commented: "Seeing Ash achieve this record was truly spectacular, he totally embodies this year's theme of super skills."
It takes mental strength, preparation and a pinch of creativity to pulverize this record, and Ashley has it all in spades.
With over 15 years dedicated to gymnastic and a spot in the Great Britain Performance Squad, Ashley travelled the world and collected medal after medal.
By crushing this record, the English athlete reconfirmed his spot in the Guinness World Records annals.
But GWR Day is not only an international celebration of skill and derring-do.
Held in 2004 for the first time, the 17th of November marks Guinness World Records becoming the best-selling copyright book of all time.
Since then, it has become a constant landmark for Guinness World Records and aspiring record holders.
"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 become Officially Amazing." – Adjudicator Alan Pixley
This year, over 1,000 applications were received from aspiring record-breakers worldwide.
It is awe-inspiring to witness record attempts from all around the globe to celebrate GWR Day, hopefully inspiring new ones in the future.