Soh hopes to soar to three new stair climbing records

Guinness book record holder So Wai Ching (left) and Ravinder Singh of technology holding the record in Bangsar yesterday.05/Jan/2021. -S.S.Kanesan/ The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian tower runner and world record holder Soh Wai Ching is out to get an adrenaline rush to kick off 2021 on a fiery note.

Wai Ching will attempt to set three new Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) attempts on Jan 12 at Technogym showroom in Bangsar – the fastest time to achieve the height of Petronas Twin Towers on a stair climb machine, the fastest time to achieve 1,000m on a stair climb machine and most number of steps achieved on a stair climb machine in one hour.

For Wai Ching to accomplish the minimum time to scale the height of Petronas Twin Towers is 25 minutes and he would need to clock a total of 2,194 steps or 137.13 floors.

For the fastest time to achieve 1,000m on a stair climb machine, MBR specified that Wai Ching will need to clock a total number of 4,855 steps or 303.4 floors within a minimum time of 45 minutes.

Wai Ching is also out to set the third record of minimum number of 4,500 steps or 281.25 floors in one hour on the stair climb machine.

His attempts come fresh on the heels of a successful world record attempt at the Four Seasons Hotel in Kuala Lumpur in November.

He broke the Guinness World Record’s (GWR) “Greatest Vertical Height Stair Climbing in One Hour” challenge, covering a distance of 1.295km to comfortably break the 1.227km record set by Spaniard David Robles Tapia in Zaragoza two years ago.

“I would say the main objective I want to try to achieve all three records is to promote tower running as a sport that all Malaysians can take up as a healthy way to exercise and keep fit.

“It involves strength, endurance and mental toughness. I also want to show that despite the Covid-19 situation forcing most sports to come to a standstill, keeping fit and healthy remains a priority for all of us.

“I also want to encourage the culture to excel and break records, ” said the 26-year-old, who is ranked second in the world in tower running.

It will not be a piece of cake by any means for the determined athlete.

“It is easier for fatigue to set in as I can only scale one step at a time on a machine. When I am doing tower running, I can go two or three steps at a time and hold on to the handrails, so the challenge for my attempts is not easy to overcome.”

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