While sports fans around the world are focused on the Summer Olympics in London, a University of Florida student quietly became a new world record holder in joggling on Friday at a Rice University track in Houston.
According to a local Examiner Web site, Matthew Feldman set a record in juggling while jogging: one mile on the ground, five balls in the air, in 6 minutes 33.6 seconds.
He would have clocked an even faster time had he not dropped one ball just short of the finish line. Drops require jogglers to return to the spot of the drop and resume running (and juggling) from there, even as the clock keeps ticking.
Mr. Feldman, who is doing nanomaterials research at Rice this summer, is an electrical-engineering major at Florida and has minors in Japanese and physics. He beat the old record—7 minutes 41 seconds—by more than a minute, and also holds joggling records at 400 meters and 5,000 meters.
Bill Collins, a Rice coach and holder of several sprinting world records at the master’s level, said he was impressed with Mr. Feldman’s performance, “especially with the wind conditions today.”