In pictures: Latest Guinness World Record holders include 84-year-old trapeze artist

Betty Goedhart, who holds the record for being the Oldest Trapeze Artist (Sandy Huffaker/Guinness World Records/PA Wire)

LIFE begins at 80 for two of this year’s Guinness World Record holders, who have excelled at DJing and acrobatics.

The octogenarians join a host of achievers in the latest catalogue of extreme feats.

Betty Goedhart, 85, soared to the top of the list to become the oldest performing female flying trapeze artist.

Ms Goedhart, from California, proved it is never too late, having taken up classes aged 78.

Chef-turned-DJ Sumiko Iwamura, 83, offered sage advice after being named the oldest professional club DJ.

The restaurant owner from Tokyo, who spins the decks for crowds after finishing her shift as a cook, said: “Try something and don’t give up … there are opportunities lying around every corner.”

DJ Sumirock, (Shinsuke Kamioka/Guinness World Records/PA Wire)

Ms Iwamura, who could be forgiven for feeling too tired to take on her slot as DJ Sumirock after working all day, said: “Doing something totally different is energising.”

516 – the most body modifications on a male

78 – the number of sausages produced in one minute

83 years, 188 days – the oldest professional club DJ

191.7cm – highest jump by a dog

Feather holds the record for the highest Jump By A Dog (Kevin Scott Ramos/Guinness World Records/PA Wire)

4.4m – the largest knitting needles

128 – the most double dutch-style skips by a dog in one minute

10 – the most dice balanced on a cat’s paw

14 – the most fire-breathing backflips in one minute

84 years, 249 days – the oldest performing flying trapeze artist



Canine companions also made their presence felt, skipping and jumping their way into the record books.

Feather and Geronimo surprised owner Samantha Valle, 31, from Maryland in the US, by showing off their unusual skills after she rescued them.

Geronimo, who holds the record for the most Double Dutch Skips By A Dog In 1 minute (Kevin Scott Ramos/Guinness World Records/PA Wire)

The athletic animals have since achieved records for the highest jump by a dog, at 191.7cm, and the most Double Dutch-style skips by a dog in a minute – 128 – respectively.

Speedy butcher Barry John Crowe, 28, from Co Cavan in the Republic of Ireland, made 78 sausages in a minute, while artist Elizabeth Bond, known as Betsy and aged 31 from Wiltshire, created the largest knitting needles at 4.4 metres long.

Barry John Crowe, who holds the record for the most Sausages Made In A Minute (Paul Michael Hughes/Guinness World Records/PA Wire)

Tom Bagnall from Staffordshire created a jet-propelled go-kart which, reaching speeds of 112.29mph, is the world’s fastest.

It took the 26-year-old a year to make the vehicle as he indulged his love of engineering in his workshop.

Tom Bagnall who has the Fastest Jet Powered Go Kart (Richard Bradbury/Guinness World Records/PA Wire)

This year’s book features a section dedicated to the so-called maker movement, recognising inventors and creators of such things as the biggest water pistol and toothpick sculptures.

Their achievements can all be found in the 2019 Guinness World Records book, released on Thursday.