Meet the world’s fastest man – sort of

Japan’s Kenichi Ito can run the 100-yard dash in 16.87 seconds
on all fours. That mark, set this week, is a world record for a
human running 100 meters on hands and feet and shattered last
year’s time of 17.47 seconds.

People call him “The Monkey Man,” for reasons that are obvious
if you watched that video. But he doesn’t mind because he likes
monkeys anyway.

“You know my face and body kind of looks like a monkey, so from
a young age everyone used to tease me, saying ‘monkey, monkey,'”
Ito told the
International Business Times. “But I wasn’t
really bothered because I really liked them, and somewhere inside
of me I had this ambition to adopt one of their traits.”

Ito came upon this skill by walking around on all fours in Tokyo
for the last eight years, mimicking the gait of the African Patas
monkey.

“In the streets around here I get stopped by the police, so I
went up into the mountains for about a month for a kind of
four-legged running training camp,” he told Reuters. “But on the
first day, a hunter mistook me for a wild boar, and he tried to
shoot me.”