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M’sian Tower Runner Soh Wai Ching Named Champion After Beating 6,000 Competitors At Taipei 101

He conquered Taipei 101 in 18 minutes and 36.62 seconds.
In a breathtaking race against time and gravity, Malaysia’s Soh Wai Ching clinched the world championship title at the 2024 Towerrunning World Championships by storming up Taipei 101 in just 18 minutes and 36.62 seconds.

Held in Taiwan, this prestigious event marked a triumphant return after a hiatus since 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, drawing a crowd of 6,000 participants from over 40 nations.

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The 30-year-old athlete soared through 91 floors, tackling a 390-meter elevation in the first round in just 11:35.61s.

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He didn’t stop there, climbing another 59 floors (256 meters) in a speedy 7:01.01s for the second round.

His closest competitors, Japan’s Ryoji Watanabe and Australia’s Mark Bourne, trailed behind, securing the second and third spots, respectively.

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Malaysia Towerrunning Association president Ravinder Singh heralded Wai Ching’s victory as a significant milestone for Malaysian sports, stating, “After four years of sustained high performance, Wai Ching has truly earned the ultimate accolade in tower running.”

Wai Ching couldn’t be prouder, sharing his excitement about representing Malaysia and winning the top spot at the Taipei 101 Run Up.


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