Uighur sets new tightrope-walking record

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

Uighur sets new tightrope-walking record

Uighur tightrope walker Adili Wuxor returned to solid ground with his sixth Guinness Record on Friday, after spending 60 days living in and tightroping across the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing.

Adili, who grew up in a family of tightrope walkers near the silk road city of Kashgar, earned the record for the longest period of tightrope walking at 198 hours and 33 minutes.

He walked four or five hours and about 20 kilometres a day on a steel wire 3.3 centimetres thick and more than 60 metres above the ground, refraining only when the wind was too strong.


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"Today is the happiest day of my life. The Guinness record does not only belong to myself. It is a record for all the Chinese people," he said.

"It is also a record of the Uighur Dawazi which has a history of more than 2,000 years in the Xinjiang region," referring to the name China officially uses, but Uighurs call "East Turkistan."

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


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Adili's previous achievement of tightrope walking across a lake in East Turkistan was completed on July 5, 2009, the same day Uighur protests erupted and dozens were killed in the capital, Urumqi. Han Chinese launched revenge attacks two days later, and the region has been under tight control ever since.

This summer, Adili lived in a tiny cabin atop the Bird's Nest, visited only by his wife to maintain concentration.

"The 60-day challenge was very important for me to create a new Guinness record, but my life is even more important. I was so worried that I might get sick during the 60 days," he said.

In his previous record in 2002, Adili lived for 25 consecutive days above the ground and tightrope walked for a total of 123 hours and 48 minutes.


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Temmuz 2010, 10:53

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