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Egyptian Swimmer Sets World Record for Highest Jump of 2.3 Meters out of Water

Omar Sayed Shaaban. Egyptian swimmer sets world record with the highest jump out of water. 
(Credit: Guinness World Records)

Omar Sayed Shaaban. Egyptian swimmer sets world record with the highest jump out of water. (Credit: Guinness World Records)

An Egyptian swimmer set the world record with his highest jump out of the water.

There is no dearth of talent in the world. Egyptian swimmer Omar Sayed Shaaban proved the same after setting a Guinness World Record for the highest jump out of the water wearing a monofin. He recorded a jump of 2.30 meters. He broke the previous records set by Cesare Fumarola, Stefano Figini and Soliman Sayed. All three of them had managed a high jump of two meters. This record has been broken after a period of nine long years.

The young swimmer, all of 21 years of age, is a student of Civil Engineering. One of the fastest underwater swimmers, Omar had planned to break this record back in 2015. According to the official website of Guinness World Records, Omar can cross 50 meters underwater in one breath in 15.6 seconds and can cover 100 meters in 35.5 seconds while wearing a snorkel. As many would have guessed, the young man aims to become the fastest swimmer in the world.

Omar has also expressed his deep gratitude towards Dr Ashraf Sobhy, Egyptian Minister of Youth and Sports; Brigadier General Muhammad Muslim, Head of the Ismailia region; and Sameh El-Shazly, President of the Egyptian and Arab Union and the Union of Division of Diving and Rescue for being present while he attempted to set the world record. He has also specifically extended his heartfelt thanks to officials for ensuring that all arrangements were done to perfection.

As a young swimmer, Omar aims to train better and raise the bar higher in the world of swimming. During his conversation with The Guinness World Records, he also mentioned that the reason why he chose to break this record was because of Soliman Sayed. The new record holder added that Sayed is not only an Egyptian but also hails from Ismailia which happens to be his home city too.

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first published:March 23, 2021, 16:28 IST