Diary - Flippin' good throw

29th January 2010 at 00:00

He might not quite be World Cup material, but he's still a record-breaker. A PE teacher from West Yorkshire has broken the world record for the longest ever football throw-in.

Danny Brooks (pictured), who works at Brooksbank School Sports College near Halifax, developed a technique whereby he incorporated a front body flip before releasing the ball.

"I used to be a gymnast and realised I could do a flip while holding the ball," he said. "I thought if I could get the angles and timing right, I could beat the record."

He managed to throw the ball 49.78 metres, more than half the length of a football pitch. The previous record was 48.17 metres set by American Michael Lochner in 1998.

It may be an unconventional approach, but Mr Brook's flipping technique is legal because both feet are on the ground at the time of the throw with his hands behind his head.

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