Little Rohan Ajit Kokane gracefully slid into the Guinness Book of World Records after performing the furthest ever roller-skating limbo.
The flexible lad managed to skate under an incredible 20 cars reaching an incredible distance of 126 ft 11 in (38.68 metres) while performing the SPLITS during the stunt at the Juhu Aerodrome in Mumbai, India, in February. The record was achieved in February this year, but the Guinness officials released the video this week.
Decked out in a green Lycra outfit and a purple fluffy headband, Rohan accelerated before bending down and making his chest parallel to the ground.
There was a tiny 35cm gap for Rohan to travel through underneath the cars, which were parked 20cm apart. The feat took 30 seconds before he stopped underneath the final car in the tunnel.
Rohan jumped for joy when he learnt he had clocked an incredible distance of 126ft 11in and broken the previous record by more than 26ft.
A student at St. Xavier’s high school in Belgaum, Karnataka, the schoolboy already holds Limca Book of Records and Record Holder Republic for limbo-skating under a bar only a chin-grazing 5.7 inches high while travelling forwards. Another record saw him pass under a head-scraping 6.5 inches travelling backwards.
Rohan started limbo-skating two-and-a-half years ago and now practices four hours every day to make sure he keeps taking his hobby to new heights.
Rohan asked his struggling family to buy him a single skate to practice on after he fell in love with the hobby.
‘A boy performed at a local roller skating rink at Belgaum. I got fascinated and asked my dad to get me one roller skate because that’s all we could afford,’ he said.
After developing his talent at home he took lessons from local skating coach Suryakant Hindelgelkar. The experienced trainer soon realised his student had a special talent.
‘I train more than 200 students but seeing Rohan’s body flexibility and control, I knew he could do something unique,’ said Mr. Suryakant.
‘We came up with limbo-skating blindfolded.
‘He is an amazing student. I think he’s God’s gift.’
According to the coach Rohan only needs basic stretching to limber up. ‘The rest of his flexibility is a gift from nature,’ he added.
And despite their initial concerns for his safety after he suffered a minor back injury, Rohan’s parents were soon awe-struck by their son’s incredible abilities on wheels.
‘In the beginning we had a lot of fear but after seeing his skill and hard work we didn’t fear anymore,’ said dad Ajit Kokane.
Battling poverty, the parents hope to develop Rohan’s incredible skills but said money is a huge barrier.
‘With his abilities he could grow into a sport,’ said Mr Kokane.
‘I want him to compete in the Olympics and make his country proud but unfortunately I am unable to fulfill all his requirements.’
Unique Rohan has used his artful ability at local demonstrations raising awareness on child labour and Aids campaigns.