Agra: A young martial arts trainer of the Taj city, Nitin Solanki, has set what he claims to be a world record in frog jumping.
He covered a distance of 100 metres in 41 seconds at the Eklavya Stadium, before a select audience of officials and social activists. Nitin told Samiksha Bharti News Service that the Limca Book of Records has recognised his feat and entered it as a new record.
Jumping like a frog at a fairly brisk speed fascinated him for a long time and so decided to work hard on this new discipline for two years. He said nowhere in the world had anyone tried frog jumping over a 100 metre distance.
Nitin said the record has now entered the official Limca Book of Records and his next move would be to aim for a Guinness Book entry.
Nitin said he jumped like a frog to appeal to the people to save the water bodies, the rivers, the ponds and other natural habitats of frogs. He wanted to draw attention to the dwindling number of frogs who help maintain ecological balance and eat up a variety of deadly insects and pollutants.
"I love mother earth and would do anything to save her. I deliberately focused on frog jump because frogs are essential for our environment. A frog can jump 30 times its length but can not jump with speed. This inspired me to experiment mixing jumping with speed. So far no one has tried frog jumping and my record is unique in this respect."
A large crowd of sports enthusiasts gathered at the stadium to witness the feat.
Nitin in 2015 set a Limca record for punching the wall, his martial arts guru Shashikant Upadhyaya said.