Taipei, Dec. 19 (CNA) Taiwanese skateboarder Wu Meng-lung broke the Guinness world record Wednesday for the farthest distance traveled on a skateboard in 24 hours after riding for more than 300 kilometers.
Wu, 36, set
off a day earlier at Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area in Pingtung County,
southern Taiwan, and rode a new world record of 301.028 km in the
The previous record was held by James Peters of
the United States, who rode 296.12 km in Seattle in May 2007, according
to the Guinness World Records website.
Chris Hsia, a renowned
surfer and one of the witnesses of Wu's attempt, said Wu fell behind his
own schedule after completing the front two-thirds of his journey and
therefore in his final six hours, did not stop for a break or water.
said that temperature fluctuations increased the level of challenge and
that he suffered muscle stiffness everytime he continued his journey
after a break.
Wu previously challenged Peters' record July 2 in
scorching 40 degrees Celsius heat but failed when he was some 16 km
short of the record. He was admitted to hospital suffering from
Wu said his next challenge will be to tour Australia
on a skateboard and continue to promote skateboard marathons around the
world. In 2004, he completed a 14-day, 1,100-km round-the-island trip on a skateboard and on foot.