Circus acrobat sets new handspring record in Troy

Posted at: 07/11/2013 4:35 PM | Updated at: 07/11/2013 6:37 PM
By: Bill Lambdin

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Sidney Bateman completes 42 back handsprings in Troy, setting a record for a man.


TROY - Probably it was the stilt walker that was the first indication this was going to be an unusual afternoon.

"Are you ready to see something amazing?" he asked the assembled crowd in a courtyard at Russell Sage College.

Sidney Bateman was determined to start flipping and not stop until he passed the current record: 39 consecutive hand springs for a man, 49 consecutive for a human, set by a woman. For example, Giants defensive end Jason Pierre Paul did 14. That was considered impressive.

Two judges were on hand with paperwork properly filled out to certify for the Guinness people, plus plenty of spectators.

The first 20 hand springs were done almost in place, then as fatigue started taking over, the body wandered.

"It's a bit difficult to hold it in place," Sidney Bateman said. "It's really a lot of work with your back."

Sidney started running out of room about the same time he was running out of gas.

He stopped at 42.

We're told it's a new record for a man. A very tired, exhausted man.

"When I think about it in my head, I picture myself doing 80," Bateman said.



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