Egyptian swimmer takes jumping out of water to new heights

The 21-year-old from Ismailia reached the new best height of the unusual event when he made a spectacular jump of 7 feet 11 inches (2.3 meters), according to Guinness World Records.

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Guinness World Records showcased Shaaban’s achievement on Thursday in a TikTok post.

Shaaban broke a record held since 2011 by three men, the Italians Cesare Fumarola and Stefano Figini and the Egyptian Soliman Sayed, who achieved jumps of 2 meters (6 feet 6 inches) each.

The Shaaban jump took place at an Egyptian Diving and Rescue Federation event in Cairo in November.

In a report published by Guinness World Records, Shaaban explained the exercise routine that gives him his newt skills.

“The bigger muscles make it harder to run in the water, so I exercise to … increase flexibility, improve muscle reflexes, and of course build stronger legs,” he said.

Shaaban is also one of the fastest underwater sprinters in the world, according to the report.

“Swimming is peaceful. A flood of inexplicable thoughts runs through your mind underwater, but it is certainly different and healing,” Shaaban told Guinness World Records.

“As a sprinter, I understand that even thinking burns oxygen, so I tend to focus on the present moment. Part of our training is learning to be extremely relaxed in the water.”


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