Ghanaian Athlete, Ferdi Ato Adoboe, Holds the World Record for Running Backwards


Ferdie Ato Adoboe who was born in 1964 is an athlete who set the Guinness World Record in 1983 for running backwards. He is also a practitioner of speed juggling and kicking a soccer ball in the air as many times as possible within in a short period of time.

Adoboe also established the Guinness world record for speed juggling in 1999. He set the first record at the Ft Lowell Shootout in Tucson, Arizona, by recording 136 touches in 30 seconds and 262 in one minute. He would later speed juggle a soccer ball 141 times in 30 seconds on The Today Show on August 27th, 2003.

Adoboe, who is a native of Ghana, has held two speed-related world records with 100 meters within a time frame of 13.6 and a calculated 100 yards with a time frame of 12.7, both set on 25th July, 1991.

Adoboe is also a coach at his Soccer-Magic Skills Training Program and Academy, based in Amherst, Massachusetts. He has also served as a soccer and track and field coach in the following schools: Mt. Holyoke College, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and South Hadley High School (Massachusetts), and in the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program.

Players who have worked with Adoboe have gone on to play for US Regional and National teams, NCAA Division I College teams, Major League Soccer, European professional teams, and the UEFA Champions League. Notable alumni include: Robbie Russell, Jay Heaps, and Edson Buddle.

Adoboe was a Sports Illustrated Face in the Crowd in 1983, and he is also an answer in the 1984 version of the popular trivia game Trivial Pursuit.

Video Credit: Ferdie’s Soccer Magic Academy


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