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Saturday 20 December 2014

Tightrope walker sets world record

Adili Wuxor walks a tightrope during the last day of his two-month performance on top of China's National Stadium
Adili Wuxor walks a tightrope during the last day of his two-month performance on top of China's National Stadium
Adili Wuxor is lowered to the ground after his two-month tightrope walk on top of China's National Stadium

China's "prince of tightrope walking" has broken a world record after spending several hours a day for two months gingerly crossing a wire above Beijing's 'Bird's Nest' stadium.

Adili Wuxor, who has been walking about 12 miles a day on the tightrope strung across the National Stadium, finished his last performance on Friday, breaking the record for the longest period of mid-air walking. He walked more than five hours a day for 60 days.

A representative from Guinness World Records presented him with a certificate at a news conference.

"I'm very lucky to have this opportunity to walk in such an iconic structure," Mr Wuxor said. "It's not just a record for myself, but also a record for all Chinese people."

Chinese media have dubbed Mr Wuxor the "prince of tightrope walking".

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