April 19, 2009

Slam dunk record set by British teen

A 13-year-old boy in Sheffield, England, set a world record for the longest slam dunk with a nearly 23-foot-long leap to the hoop, his mother says.

Anita Ramos said her son Jordan used a trampoline to jump nearly 23 feet through the air and slam a basketball through a 10-foot-high hoop to break the previous world record of nearly 21 feet held by an unidentified Japanese athlete, Sky News reported Friday.

I am so proud of Jordan -- he's a grounded kid and keeps on top of his homework as well as all his training, the new Guinness world record holder's mother said.

Jordan, a tumbling gymnast for Britain, admitted the trampoline slam could be dangerous, citing a previous spill as evidence.

I am really glad I did it because during rehearsals I injured myself, it can be quite dangerous, he told Sky News.

Jordan, whose slam will be broadcast Sunday on Sky 1's Guinness World Records Smashed, comes from athletic lineage as his mother is an acrobat and his father is a stuntman.