Trapeze artist and DJ in their 80s among Guinness World Record holders

18th Sep 18 | News

The octogenarians join a host of achievers in the latest catalogue of extreme feats.

Guinness World Records 2019

Life begins at 80 for two of this year’s Guinness World Record holders, who have excelled at DJing and acrobatics.

The octogenarians join a host of achievers in the latest catalogue of extreme feats.

Betty Goedhart, 85, soared to the top of the list to become the oldest performing female flying trapeze artist.

Ms Goedhart, from California, proved it is never too late, having taken up classes aged 78.

World's oldest trapeze artist Betty Goedhart
Ms Goedhart took up trapeze classes at the age of 78 (Sandy Huffaker/Guinness World Records)

Chef-turned-DJ Sumiko Iwamura, 83, offered sage advice after being named the oldest professional club DJ.

The restaurant owner from Tokyo, who spins the decks for crowds after finishing her shift as a cook, said: “Try something and don’t give up … there are opportunities lying around every corner.”

The world's oldest DJ Sumiko Iwamura
Sumiko Iwamura is the world’s oldest DJ (Shinsuke Kamioka/Guinness World Records)

Ms Iwamura, who could be forgiven for feeling too tired to take on her slot as DJ Sumirock after working all day, said: “Doing something totally different is energising.”

Canine companions also made their presence felt, skipping and jumping their way into the record books.

Feather the dog jumps
Feather holds the record for the highest jump by a dog (Kevin Scott Ramos/Guinness World Records)

Feather and Geronimo surprised owner Samantha Valle, 31, from Maryland in the US, by showing off their unusual skills after she rescued them.

The athletic animals have since achieved records for the highest jump by a dog, at 191.7cm, and the most Double Dutch-style skips by a dog in a minute – 128 – respectively.

Jessica the skipping dog
Jessica the skipping dog (Paul Michael Hughes/Guinness World Records)

Speedy butcher Barry John Crowe, 28, from Co Cavan in the Republic of Ireland, made 78 sausages in a minute, while artist Elizabeth Bond, known as Betsy and aged 31 from Wiltshire, created the largest knitting needles at 4.4 metres long.

Tom Bagnall, 26, from Staffordshire, drove a jet-propelled go-kart which, reaching speeds of 112.29mph, is the world’s fastest.

Tom Bagnall in his jet powered go kart
Tom Bagnall drove the fastest jet powered go kart (Richard Bradbury/Guinness World)

The go-kart was designed and constructed by fellow engineer Andy Morris.

This year’s book features a section dedicated to the so-called maker movement, recognising inventors and creators of such things as the biggest water pistol and toothpick sculptures.

Their achievements can all be found in the 2019 Guinness World Records book, released on Thursday.

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