VIDEO: ‘Miracle’ man sets new world record for handstand — on crutches
For the first 16 years of his life, Ethiopian Tameru Zegeye’s congenital disability forced him to crawl on his stomach like a snake.
Then he started using crutches. And then he started using crutches to perform handstands.
And as this video shows, he has defied his disability by setting a new world record for the longest distance covered in one minute while doing a handstand — using crutches. He covered more than 75 meters (250 feet) at a stadium in Addis Ababa, a new world’s best for Tameru, which means “miracle” in Amharic, his native language.
The 31-year-old’s disability meant his leg bones would not form properly and his feet pointed backwards. He was born in Ethiopia’s famine-hit northern highlands into difficult circumstances: “My mother abandoned me because she was always told I was the devil incarnate. In Ethiopia they think that disabled people are possessed by demons,” he said.
He expects formal notification in two months that he is the new Guinness World Record holder.