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GIULIANO STROE.

Every week I award a gold star to a child of my choosing. The child in question may be real or fictional, historic or current, and the award may be for a specific act or a wider body of work. Basically they are my stars and I'll give them to whomever I choose, assuming I don't stick them all to the lounge telly first.

I believe that one of the many boring and tedious television programmes that grown-ups somehow think are brilliant and funny has a catchphrase that goes something like "and now for something completely different", which might be dropped in before a man tries to take his parrot back to a pet shop.

We kids don't usually take a great deal of amusement in a discussion around the return policies of animal retailers, but in this case the catchphrase is highly appropriate.

This week's gold star winner is not like any of the cutesy YouTube sensations, pint-sized prodigies or baby brainiacs that we've bestowed this honour on before.

honour on before.

Ten-year-old Giuliano Stroe, of Romania, first ent ered the Guinness Book of World records in 2009, for the fastest ever 10-metre walk. On his hands. With a weight ball between his legs. As you Ten-year-old Giuliano Stroe, of Romania, first ent ered the Guinness Book of World records in 2009, for the fastest ever 10-metre walk. On his hands. With a weight ball between his legs. As you do.

Since then he has broken at least one official world record every year, including the number of 90-degree push ups (that's push ups where your feet aren't allowed Since then he has broken at least one official world record every year, including the number of 90-degree push ups (that's push ups where your feet aren't allowed to touch the ground!), human flag (1 minute 32 seconds!), human flag pull-ups (31!), and muscle-ups (41!). I'm not usually a big fan of the exclamation mark, but come on!

As you might have guessed, Giuliano is something of a fitness fanatic and bodybuilder.

As well as the official titles listed above, I think we're probably fairly safe in saying Giuliano, who has been body-building with his daddy Iulian since before he could even walk, is unofficially the toughest primary school kid on the planet.

His proud daddy and coach insists that his son has the brains to go with the brawn, saying: "Giuliano is a good pupil and a very bright boy academically but of course his favourite lesson is always PE."

Good to hear - remember, the brain is a muscle too!

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 10, 2015
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