Chinese tightrope walker sets world record between balloons

(CCTV)

A Chinese tightrope walker has set a new world record for the fastest high-wire walk between two hot air balloons, Chinese state television reported.

Aisikaier Wubulikaisimu, from the Uighur ethnic minority completed the feat above the Naigu Stone Forest near Kunming city in the southwestern Chinese Yunnan province on Tuesday, according to a CCTV report.

Wubulikaisimu balanced along an 18-metre long (59-foot), five-centimetre (two-inch) wide steel beam that was suspended between the two balloons, the report said.

He finished the walk in 38.35 seconds, setting a new Guinness World Record.

Wubulikaisimu used a metal bar to help him balance, and was attached by rope to the hot air balloon in case he fell.

After completing the walk, Wubulikaisimu was awarded a medal and an official certificate by Guinness to consolidate his achievement.

He already holds five other Guinness records for tightrope walking, according to CCTV.

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