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French athlete, Anouk Garnier, climbs Eiffel Tower; breaks world record 



French athlete Anouk Garnier poses for photographs as she celebrates breaking the rope climbing world record after her rope climb up to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, on April 10, 2024. (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)

French athlete Anouk Garnier broke the rope climbing world record on Wednesday morning after she ascended 100 metres (330 feet) to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower.

“I really did it?” the 34-year-old asked through tears while throwing herself into the arms of her family, including her “very proud” mother.

Equipped with a security cord, the two-time obstacle course world champion set off just moments earlier in front of dozens of people to climb one of Paris’ most iconic landmarks.

The objective: Beat previous marks held by South African Thomas Van Tonder who climbed 90 metres (300 feet) for the men’s record and Dane Ida Mathilde Steensgaard who peaked at 26 metres (85 feet) for the women’s record.

After just 18 minutes of climbing, compared to the 20 minutes initially estimated, she finally hit 100 metres.

“It is a dream come true. It was magical. 

If there was one thing that I never doubted, it was that I was going to do it,” Garnier told AFP.

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