‘Human torch’ firefighter sets himself ablaze in world-record run without oxygen

A firefighter dubbed the "human torch" has set new world records by sprinting down an athletics track while being engulfed in flames.

Jonathan Vero, from France, completed the "fastest full body burn run without oxygen" in his hometown, Haubourdin, for Guinness World Records.

In the video, the 39-year-old daredevil armours up in a protective suit before setting himself on fire.

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Safety advisors are next to him holding a fire extinguisher as he starts running on a track with burning flames on his back and legs.

Jonathan finishes a 100 metre sprint in just 17 seconds, breaking previous record holder, Antony Britton, by 7.58 seconds.

He also set a new record for the longest distance full body burn run without oxygen.

Wearing a protective suit, Jonathan ran 272.25 metres (893 ft) while engulfed in flames, breaking the previous record of 204.23 metres (670 ft).

Jonathan, who also works as a professional stuntman, said he "always had a passion for fire and has never stopped playing with it".

He gained the nickname "human torch" by setting his body ablaze, but also from his performance by doing fire juggling and fire eating.

He attempted these records because he enjoys "pushing the limits", and he wanted to "push open the doors of the famous Guinness World Records".

He also wanted to prove to himself that he can "always go further" as a fire artist.

Jonathan spent three months preparing for his record-breaking run, training his endurance, explosiveness, and breathing.

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"This performance has a lot of meaning for me, for my job as a firefighter and for the people who trained me and watched me grow," he shared after the run.

"I have still got a lot to try and a lot of records to go for.

"Here, I'm considered a 'paradox', even a 'cheater of death', and I think that in the months to come, these descriptors will take on their full meaning."

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