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Malaysian Tower Runner Soh Wai Ching Wins Empire State Building Run-Up In New York

He was declared the winner after climbing 86 floors of the building in just 10 minutes and 47 seconds.

Cover image via @mastowerrunner (Instagram)

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Malaysia's top tower runner Soh Wai Ching won the 2021 Empire State Building Run-Up in New York City on Wednesday, 28 October

Soh managed to run up 86 floors or 1,576 stairs of the Empire State Building in just 10 minutes and 47 seconds to win the elite men's division race.

The 27-year-old also became the first Asian to win the run

"I am super thrilled to be the first Asian to win the Empire State Building Run Up last night," said the runner on Instagram, adding that he was also excited to meet Romanian-American actor Sebastian Stan at the race, whom he is a big fan of.

As the winner, Soh will get to donate USD100,000 (RM415,000) to a charity of his choice.

Soh (left) with actor Sebastian Stan (right).

Image via @mastowerrunner (Instagram)

However, Soh said he was not satisfied with his performance as he was aiming to complete the race in less than 10 minutes

"I gave my best towards the end but definitely it can be much faster!" he shared.

Nonetheless, the athlete said he is confident to prepare and improve for next year, especially to attempt a second Guinness World Record.

According to Malay Mail, Soh achieved a Guinness World Record last year for the Greatest Vertical Height Stair Climbing in One Hour (Male) with a distance of 1.295km after completing his run at the Four Seasons Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

To obtain a Guinness World Record at the Empire State Building Run-Up next year, he would have to beat Australian Paul Crake's 2003 record of nine minutes and 33 seconds.

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