Team GB gymnast smashes world record for longest backflip not once but twice

A Team GB gymnast has set a stunning backflip world record on horizontal bars – not once but TWICE.

Ashley Watson, 26, initially broke the record on the sixth attempt but his legs bent on landing so he deleted the footage.

 Watson needed to generate lots of speed initially to get the distance on the flip

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Watson needed to generate lots of speed initially to get the distance on the flip
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Guinness World Records holder! "The farthest backflip between horizontal bars is 5.87m (19ft 3.1in) and was achieved by Ashley Watson (UK) in Leeds, UK, on 19th October 2018" #OfficiallyAmazing ? video in my next post! ??

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 Here is how gymnast Ashley Watson leapt into the Guinness World Records with an incredible backflip

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Here is how gymnast Ashley Watson leapt into the Guinness World Records with an incredible backflip

The gymnast has been in the Great Britain squad since he was 15 and was attempting to propel himself between the bars with the backflip.

And it's clear he needed to gain some speed for the jump backwards as seen in the video where he swings from the first bar three times.

The backflip distance was measured at 5.87m – smashing the previous record held, and there were two independent witnesses present at the time meaning the record was officially his.

Watson has made no secret of his athleticism to his 55 thousand followers on Instagram in recent posts.

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I had fun filming this ? #GeorgeOfTheJungle

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Is @jaronmorgan95 onto something here? ?? @ryancane96 @mollmollmolly

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And after the flip, he said: "It was amazing, I didn't realise I had caught it until I was swinging around on the other bar."

"I caught it on the sixth attempt but I let my legs bend a bit – so I couldn't let that one go out on film."

The 26-year-old is best known for his moves on the  the parallel and horizontal bars.

He has competed in British and European championships in recent years.

 Watson flew 5.87m in the huge jump

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Watson flew 5.87m in the huge jump
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Is it weird I like the pain?

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@thorbjornsson you looking for a 5ft 4" stunt double? ? #GoT

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A Team GB gymnast has set a stunning backflip world record on horizontal bars – not once but TWICE.