Forget sprint champion Usain Bolt, F1 supremo Seb Vettel or flying winger Cristiano Ronaldo - a violinist from England has been named as the fastest ‘superhuman’ on the planet.
Ben Lee, 32, from East Sussex, has smashed his own Guinnes World Record by playing The Flight of the Bumblebee at an astonishing average of 15 notes per second, reports Metro.
And he also beat a base jumping champion, speed shooter and champion eater to be crowned ‘fastest superhuman’ on a special television show broadcast on the Discovery Channel.
The virtuoso violinist was chosen from hundreds of lightning-quick performers from all walks of life to take part in the experiment.
He was tested for his speedy skills by scientists in a controlled environment against world base race champion Frode Johannessen, shooter Jerry Miculek who can fire eight rounds on four targets in 1.06 seconds and Pete Czerwinski who can eat a 12-inch pizza in 34 seconds.
“It’s taken tens of thousands of hours of practice to reach this speed. I’ve been challenging myself to play as fast as I can since I was five years old. I can only get faster from here,” said Mr Lee, who performs in the rock violin duo Fuse.
“It wasn’t until I had a serious bike accident and nearly lost the ability to play that Linzi Stoppard, my music partner, challenged me to enter the Guinness World Records as the world’s fastest violinist.”
Professor Greg Whyte from the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores University, said: "Through dedicated and long term practice, Ben is able to devote larger portions of his brain to a task.
"Ben bows with his right hand, which means that his left cortex should utilised more than his right."However, with the focus and control he uses with his left hand, Ben has developed a greater proportion of his right cortex, giving him powerful dexterity and the ability to play at 810 notes per minute."
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