A JAPANESE man who taught himself to run like a monkey has been recognised as the world’s fastest man on all fours.

Kenichi Ito, 29, says he decided to learn his unusual skill after being teased and bullied at school. He modeled his running style on the patas monkey of Africa and can run 100 meters in less than 20 seconds.

“You know! My face and body kind of look like a monkey, so from a young age everybody used to tease me,” he said. “I had this ambition to adopt one of their traits. When I saw a monkey that could run fast, I knew I’d found it - and from that point on, I practiced running like a monkey every day.” Ito now boasts a Guinness World Record certificate confirming his status as the fastest man on all fours.   –WO