Race to Top of Empire State Building Won By Aussie Racer

by Rukmani Krishna on  February 9, 2013 at 11:44 PM Lifestyle News
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The 36th race to the top of the Empire State Building was won by Australian Mark Bourne who dethroned seven-time champ Thomas Dold of Germany, who was ill.
 Race to Top of Empire State Building Won By Aussie Racer
Race to Top of Empire State Building Won By Aussie Racer

Bourne, 29, of Canberra, was first to the top late Wednesday, tearing up the stairs of the 86-story tower in 10 minutes and 12 seconds, trailed by compatriot Darren Wilson (10:45) and American Rickey Gates (11:01).

"I'm very happy to win. It was pretty hectic at the start," Bourne said. "I was not first from the beginning. I was second, third, second and at the 60th floor I took the lead."

On the women's side, it was more Aussie glory as Singapore-based Australian Suzy Walsham came in first, making it her fourth win.

Walsham, 39, clocked 12 minutes and 5 seconds, trailed by Aussie Brooke Logan (12:48) and American Erika Aklufi (12:57).

The dethroned Dold said a virus kept him out of the competition this year, but that "I have 364 days to think about" the next one.

Source: AFP

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