Usain Bolt may be the fastest man alive, but Japan’s Kenichi Ito holds the title of Worlds Fastest Man On four limbs.
Kenichi Ito defended his spot in the Guinness World Records for the fastest four-legged 100-meter dash, breaking his own previous mark with a time of 17.47 seconds. He had previously set the record in 2008 with a time of 18.58, according to Guinness.
Back in April, Ito discussed his unique running style, which he modeled after the African Patas monkey. According to the International Business Times, Ito has developed a total of six distinct four-legged running styles, from his fast gallop to a more leisurely walking pace. He also spoke about the nine years he has spent training in somewhat difficult conditions.
“You know my face and body kind of looks like a monkey, so from a young age everyone used to tease me, saying ‘monkey, monkey.’ But I wasn’t really bothered because I really liked them, and somewhere inside of me I had this ambition to adopt one of their traits,” Ito told the International Business Times.
Known as “the worlds fastest man on four limbs”, Kenichi may not be as quick as Usain Bolt or Oscar Pistorius, but he is said to be hopeful his category will be added to the Olympics
“In the streets around here I get stopped by the police, so I went up into the mountains for about a month for a kind of four-legged training camp,” he said. “But on the first day, a hunter mistook me for a wild boar, and he tried to shoot me.”
Kenichi apparently has lots of free time, the International Business Times reports, as he studies animals on the Internet and at the zoo. That’s not even the strangest part of the story, he’s reportedly persuaded close to 100 people in seven countries around the world to also walk like a monkey.