Elanga proves gym dedication
Anthony Elanga has managed an incredible feat during his private training sessions this week with fitness coach Tom Joyce.
As part of his general strength and conditioning work in the gym, the Manchester United winger has managed to post a remarkable personal best of 63 inches for a box jump and that figure is astonishing.
The Guinness world record, up until last year, was only two inches higher and it currently stands at 67 - set by Chris Spell in the United States,
Spell, a personal trainer based in New York State, had previously been the record holder before setting the new benchmark in 2021 to overtake the 65 inches set by Brett Williams from Texas, two years earlier.
The fact Elanga has just recorded a personal best shows how much he is improving and pushing himself to reach new targets in the gym, after a season when he managed to become a regular first-teamer, making 27 appearances for his boyhood club.
"My ambitions have always been to be a first-team player and improve," he told United Review recently.
"Obviously, at the start of the season, I really wanted to be up there with the first team and play as many games as I can. And just enjoy it. Enjoying it, I think, is one of the most important things. Enjoying it, putting the work I do into training and playing games. I try to work hard every day and that's most important for me."
To put it into context, Elanga's new mark of 64 inches is 5ft 3ins or 162.56 centimetres.
This would mean he is jumping higher than the reputed height of celebrities such as Billie Eilish, Scarlett Johansson, Amanda Seyfried and Kelly Clarkson.
Anthony is focusing on adding to his two caps for Sweden, after being named in the squad for the upcoming UEFA Nations League matches, starting against Slovenia next Thursday (2 June).