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More than 1,200 stilt-walking students in Jakarta bid to break world record

Oct 08. 2016
Indonesian students on their stilts as part of TAFISA World Sport in Jakarta, Indonesia/EPA
Indonesian students on their stilts as part of TAFISA World Sport in Jakarta, Indonesia/EPA
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Jakarta- Several thousand upstanding young citizens in the Indonesian capital Saturday stood up high to try and set a new Guinness World Record for walking on stilts.

Their attempt Saturday morning, part of the sixth installment of The Association For International Sport for All (TAFISA) games, consisted of at least 1,200 students walking through a paved stone area up on stilts of all colors, an epa journalist reports.

Their elevated march was the latest bid to break the previous world record for stilt walking, set on Sept. 16, 2011 when 959 students in the Netherlands walked 100 meters on stilts, according to the Guinness World Records website.

Despite some annoyance among the young participants over the stilt event starting about two hours later than scheduled, everyone was happy to have beat the world record, the parents of some students told epa.

The TAFISA games, which run Oct. 6-12 at various venues in Jakarta, feature traditional sports and cultural practices, including Thai kickboxing, wrestling, volleyball on the beach, kite flying, and Chinese dragon dances. 

EPA

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