UF student breaks world record in joggling

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida electrical engineering major Matthew Feldman, who is conducting research this summer at Rice University in Houston, broke a Guinness World Record for joggling – jogging and juggling – Friday at the Rice University running track.

Feldman jogged one mile while simultaneously juggling five balls in 6 minutes, 33.65 seconds; he beat the previous record of 7 minutes, 41 seconds held for 23 years by American Bill Gillen.

Feldman’s official attempt at Rice was part of his efforts to raise awareness and money for Isatome, a community of people in the town of Minamisanriku (pronounced mee-NAH-mee-san-ree-ku) affected by last year’s Japanese tsunami.

“I feel pretty good, but I feel pretty tired,” Feldman said. “6:33 isn’t my personal best time, but I feel good about getting the attempt done and obtaining the record.”

A YouTube video is available at http://youtu.be/hYjbu2Bbj88.

“You have to be an Olympic level athlete to run that fast, whilst juggling five balls,” said Albert Lucas, director of Olympic development for the International Sport Juggling Federation. “Matt has broken a record that has stood for 23 years … this is a historic achievement and raises the bar for a the new generation of sport jugglers.”

Feldman, whose hometown is Wellington, Fla., also holds Guinness World Records for joggling five balls for 5,000 meters (27:06.74 minutes) and 400 meters (1:10.5 minutes).

At Rice, Feldman is conducting nanomaterials research in the lab of professor Pulickel Ajayan. He plans to take the fall semester off to do an internship at SpaceX, a private company that designs, manufactures and launches rockets and spacecraft.