If you ask 9-year-old Yash Patel to point out Brazil on a map of the world, the chances are that he will fumble. But on March 15, this wonder kid from Gujarat's capital broke the Guinness record for the most number of cartwheels in a minute, a record held till then by a Brazilian. And, on Saturday, Yash received a certificate with a medal from Guinness World Records for his extraordinary feat.
Yash's record-breaking act took place at a reality show in Mumbai on March 15 this year. With 63 complete cartwheels in 60 seconds, he broke the record of 55 cartwheels in a minute held by the Brazilian.
The nine-year-old comes from a humble background. His father is a commando deployed with Chief Minister Narendra Modi's security. "I am extremely thrilled that my son has achieved this remarkable feat at such a young age," an elated Bach Patel told DNA.
While Yash's father is bound by duty to stay in Gandhinagar, his native village in Kos, Surat, is planning a grand celebration. "We will take out a grand procession, complete with fireworks and a special band, once his father returns. Sweets will be distributed to every household," said his uncle, Suresh Patel on phone from Surat.
Yash's family was the first to notice his extraordinary skill. "While young kids either walk slowly or even crawl, Yash would cartwheel from one room to another. He used to do it all day and that's when his parents realised that their kid had a special talent," said Kuleen Patel who is now looking after Yash's progress in gymnastics.
Too innocent to understand the hullabaloo around him, Yash, who studies in Standard IV at Kadi Prathmik School, Gandhinagar, wants to show his medal and certificate to his friends when the school reopens. "I love doing cartwheels and I want to learn other tricks of gymnastics. I will show the medal to my teachers and friends when I go back to Gandhinagar," he said shyly.
Yash had also received praise from the chief minister after he completed 445 cartwheels in 15 minutes and entered the Limca Book of Records. Now with the Guinness World Record in his kitty, his aim is to win medals for the country at gymnastics events."For the past one year, he has been training at SAI centre in Gandhinagar. We hope to find a sponsor for him so that he can train professionally and get awards for his talent."