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Sheffield daredevil’s record-breaking bid

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Sheffield daredevil Jordan Ramos is taking to the air this week – as he bids to break a world record for a fourth time.

The former Ecclesfield School pupil will be appearing live on Italian TV to attempt to perform the longest ever slam dunk basketball score after leaping from a trampoline.

The 18-year-old first broke the record on Sky 1’s Guinness World Records Smashed show when he was just 13, achieving a seven metre jump.

But Jordan didn’t stop there – his next record breaker was achieved on Chinese TV in front of a viewing audience of 500 million people.

The teenage extreme gymnast was given a challenge earlier this year by the Italian Lo Show dei Record programme to try to reach the eight metre mark for the first time.

Jordan said he had been in training ever since.

“I’m not worried about the challenge I’ve been set, although there is a lot of pressure when you’re performing to a live audience when all the lights and cameras are on you,” he said.

“It can be a very nerve-racking experience, but one that I’m looking forward to.

“People don’t realise how dangerous this world record can be - the first time I tried it I had a nasty accident in rehearsals at Pinewood Studios. I was only 13 years old and smashed my ribs on the rim of the basketball hoop.

“The producer and camera crew were all in shock and wanted to cancel my attempt. I wouldn’t let them and insisted that I would be okay after a short recovery.”

Jordan, a member of the Polichinelo Circus Acrobatic School, will begin studies at the Arden Drama School in Manchester in September.

 

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