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British gymnast breaks world record with 19-foot leap between bars

This is the moment a British gymnast performs a death-defying 19ft leap between two bars to clinch the world record.

Ashley Watson, who won silver on the parallel bars at the 2016 British Championships, earned his latest award by hurling himself nearly six metres through the air at Leeds Gymnastics Club.

The 26-year-old posted a video of his achievement to Instagram with the caption: “My official Guinness World Records attempt! ‘The farthest backflip between horizontal bars’ 5.87m! #OfficiallyAmazing.”

Ashley Watson secured a Guinness World Record for his feat. Credit: Instagram/Ashley Watson

“It was amazing, I didn’t realise I had caught it until I was swinging around on the other bar,” Mr Watson told the BBC.

“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.”

It was two more attempts before the gymnast achieved a result he was happy with, finally posting the video online and receiving his Guinness World Record.