Athlete holds plank position for over 9 hours, breaks Guinness record

An Australian athlete broke a Guinness World Record when he held the abdominal plant position for 9 hours, 30 minutes, 1 second.

Daniel Scali took on the record in Adelaide and had to beat a time of 8 hours, 15 minutes,15 seconds, which was set by George Hood of the United States in February 2020.

Scali said his attempt was complicated by his complex regional pain syndrome, a chronic pain condition stemming from when he broke his left arm at the age of 12.

“It’s the brain sending wrong messages to my arm, which is the affected area. So anything like soft touch, movement, wind, water, will cause me pain,” Scali told Guinness World Records.

The athlete wore a compression sleeve on his affected arm during the attempt to help deal with the pain.

“Obviously putting constant pressure on my elbow and forearm, up to my shoulder did give me quite a bit of grief at the start,” he said.

“It was a full head to toe experience of constant pain. My feet were numb. My knees were burning. My thighs were burning. My left arm felt like it was on fire. But it was all worth it in the end.”