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Skywalkers in Korea cross Han solo

By Mark M Drewe     May 14, 2007 in Entertainment
A series of Skywalkers in Korea have crossed the fabled Han solo...
Apart from the simply fantastic title for a news article, the article's actually pretty impressive. The tightrope walkers are crossing the Han river in South Korea, marking the longest tightrope walk in the world: over half a mile. The competition was to see who could cross the quickest; the winner ending up with 15000.
Fastest across Thursday was Abdusataer Dujiabudula of China, who seemed to dance over the wire as he finished in about 11 minutes. His loose-fitting red and gold costume fluttered in the breeze, and he high-fived a man on the high platform as he finished.
One American was amongst the walkers, which totalled 18; 60 year old Pedro Carrillo of Reno, Nevada.
The wire itself was perched 72 feet above the water, although in the center it dipped lower; every 82 feet there was stabilizing wires to help prevent sway from wind. And of course, there was nets near the riverbanks.
Only two walkers fell; one being Russian Alexey Marchenko, who fell only 182 feet before the end. He was unhurt, plunging into the water and being scooped up by the rescuers.
It's exciting stuff; I've personally never been able to maintain any sort of balance on a swaying surface less than my shoe's width, and I've got good balance. It just makes these feats more incredible.
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