Who knew that the closure of schools in Brazil amid the novel coronavirus lockdown will give 11 year old Gui Khury an outstanding opportunity to shatter the world record 900-degree turn in skateboarding.
Kid Guy Khury hit headlines in sports world as he became the first person to land a 1080-degree turn on a vertical ramp. More than two decades after Tony Hawk completed the first 900-degree turn, Gui shattered a long-standing record by flying off the top of a ramp and completing three full spins in the air before landing cleanly and skating off.
Have a look at this remarkable attempt:
11-year-old Gui Khury becomes the first skateboarder to ever hit a 1080 on a vert ramp 🤯
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) May 9, 2020
“The isolation for the coronavirus helped because he had a life that was about school and he didn’t have a lot of time to train, when he got home from school he was tired,” Gui’s father, Ricardo Khury Filho, said. “Now he is at home more, he eats better and he has more time to train and can focus more on the training, so that has helped. “He has an opportunity to train here, if he didn’t have [the skate facilities] … he would be stuck at home like everyone else and unable to do sport. So the isolation helped him focus.”
During the coronavirus lockdown, Gui Khury and his family have been making the 20-minute journey to his grandmother’s house on most days to deliver food and drop him off so he can train on the vertical ramp, bowl and street course they had built in her back garden. Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk landed the first 900 in 1999, nine years before Gui was born.