Hans, a 61 year old Italian mountaineer, holds the world record for fastest summit of Mt Everest both from Everest North Base Camp and without supplemental oxygen. He took a total of 16 hours and 45 minutes to conquer the 8,848 metre high mountain. He has climbed 13/14 of the 8000 metre peaks in the world.
2. Diana Nyad
Diana was 61 (nearly 62) when she swam 180 kilometres from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida. She had an 35-person team of doctors, navigators and trainers to follow her on her swim, and had some gear to protect her from a jelly fish attack. She had attempted the swim multiple times before, but had been stopped due to asthma attacks, jelly fish stings and unruly weather forcing her off course. She finally completed the swim on her fifth attempt; her efforts and motivation inspire others to never give up.
Javier is a Cuban high jumper, who currently holds the world record in his sport. He broke the record first in 1989, jumping a height of 2.44 metres, but broke his own record again in 1993, with a height of 2.45 metres. That’s more than 8 feet, and higher than the tallest NBA player of all time! He has received a total of 12 gold medals in various international competitions, but said he was happy to break the world record in a small town that made him feel like he was in Cuba.
Dennis is the world record holder for the fastest marathon ever. Born in Kenya, he has competed in marathons all over the world, such as in London, Tokyo, Chicago and Berlin. He broke the world record during the 2014 Berlin Marathon, completing it in a time of 2:02:57. Growing up in a rural area, he says that he loves achieving great things so that he can support his family and make his community proud
5. Alex Honnold
Alex, born in Sacramento, California, has loved climbing since as young as the age of 5. Due to his intense passion and dedication, he has become the first person to climb the rock face El Capitan in Yosemite National Park… without any ropes! It took him just 3 hours and 56 minutes to climb the 3,000 foot track, Freerider, to the top of the massive rock face. It has been describe by National Geographic as “the greatest feat of pure rock climbing in the history of the sport”.
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