Jojo Bigay : Going backwards to go forward

Found this in today’s paper. Good luck sir!

Runner goes for backward running mark by Eva Bisperas (The Philippine Star) 

MANILA, Philippines – A 42-year-old Pangasinense is out to break the 100-meter backward running mark in the Guinness World Records on Jan. 16 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center oval in Lingayen, Pangasinan. Jojo Bigay, a part-time liaison officer in a law office, yesterday expressed confidence of his chances to snatch the crown shared by Ferdie Ato Adoboe of Ghana and Roland Wegner of Germany.

Adoboe set a record of 13.6 seconds on July 25, 1991 at Smith’s College, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA with Wegner matching the feat on Aug. 4, 2007 in Horgan, Germany. Bigay, who has competed in marathons in Metro Manila during his college years, said he clocks 13.2 seconds in practice.

According to Wikipedia, backward running, also known as running backwards, retro running, or retro locomotion, is the act of running in reverse, so that one travels in the direction one’s back is facing rather than one’s front.

Bigay said he was the first Filipino to establish record in Milo marathon in backward running when he timed 56 minutes over 10 kilometers. He also turned in a 46-minute clocking in a 10k San Miguel Beer run in 1991 at the Luneta.

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