Chinese tight-rope walker sets new world record

  • PTI, Beijing
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  • Updated: Jul 03, 2010 19:33 IST

China's famous tightrope walker, Adili Wuxor, has broken into the Guinness book, setting a world record for the longest period of tightrope-walking after an over 198 hour stunt at the Bird's Nest stadium.

Adili, known as "the Prince of Tightrope Walking", walked on a tightrope for a total of 198 hours and 23 minutes in 60 days beginning May 3, said Shi Lei, a spokesman of the National Stadium, Xinhua reported.

Adili had lived in a 9-square-meter cabin on the roof of the Bird's Nest stadium during the past 60 days, spending several hours per day walking the tightrope.

The rope hung above the stadium was 60 meters high and 3 centimeters in diameter.

Adili gave the audience boundless tightrope performances, such as single-leg standing, lying and running, when he was on the rope.

"It is the biggest challenge ever in my tightrope-walking career. I want to dedicate my success to my country," said Adili, who was born to a Muslim Uygur family in Xinjiang.

Tightrope walking, or "Dawazi" in Uygur, is a traditional sport for Uygurs, with a history of nearly 2,000 year.

 

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