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Soh Wai Ching has set a new course record of 12.57 at the 105-floor Willis Tower in Chicago.

The Malaysian star became only the second person to have run the course’s 2,109 steps in under 13 minutes, as he took a second off the previous record of 12.58 set by Colombia’s Frank Nicolas Carreno in 2017.

Mark Henderson and Ezra Mullen battled it out for the remaining podium spots with Henderson eventually edging it with his 16.22 finish enough to see off Mullen’s 16.40.

In the women’s division, Rosalyn Russell (fourth at the ESBRU last month) took the win in 18.48. Jill Paha (19.54) and Verity Rees (19.56) both clocked personal best times in their super-close battle for second spot.

The win rounds off an impressive few weeks racing in America for Soh, who also took victory at the Empire State Building Run-Up last month.

Victory in Chicago came after he secured a double event win in Detroit less than 24 hours before. At the Gift of Adoption Michigan Stair Climb at Southfield Town Center, Soh destroyed the previous course record up the 522-step building – taking it down to 2.22 from the previous best of 3.13 – before putting in a fantastic one-hour tour de force of 15 climbs to win the Power Hour event.

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Willis Tower

2002 Joseph Kenny (USA) 14:39 Cindy Harris (USA) 15:38
2003 Terry Purcell (AUS) 13:50 Cindy Harris (USA) 16:18
2004 Sproule Love (USA) 13:35  Cindy Harris (USA) 15:18
2005 Sproule Love (USA)/Terry Purcell (AUS) 13:26  Cindy Harris (USA) 16:14 – results (incomplete, women only)
2006 Jesse Berg (USA) 13:29  Cindy Harris (USA) 15:40 – results (incomplete)
2007 Eric Leninger (USA) 13:42  Cindy Harris (USA) 15:01 – results (incomplete)
2008 Terry Purcell (AUS) 13:55  Cindy Harris (USA) 15:45
2009 Matthias Jahn (GER) 13:09  Cindy Harris (USA) 15:08 – results
2010 Jesse Berg (USA) 13:46  Sandra Nunez (MEX) 17:08 – results
2011 Sproule Love (USA) 13:03  Cindy Harris (USA) 14:57 – results
2012 Jesse Berg (USA) 13:59  Kristin Frey (USA) 14:57 – results
2013 Justin Stewart (USA) 13:29  Alice McNamara (AUS) 15:02 – results
2014 Justin Stewart (USA) 13:37  Sherri Breese (USA) 17:06 – results
2015 Sproule Love (USA) 13:41   Cindy Harris (USA) 16:02 – results
2016 Frank Carreno (COL) 13:10  Cindy Harris (USA) 14:56* – results
(New sub-basement start means runners climb 105 floors)
2017
Frank Carreno (COL) 12:58  Cindy Harris (USA) 15:27 – results
2018 Frank Carreno (COL) 13:04  Cindy Harris (USA) 15:31 – results
2019 Alexis Trujillo (MEX) 13:26  Cindy Harris (USA) 15:54 – results
2021 Soh Wai Ching (MYS) 12:57*  Rosalyn Russell (PHL) 18:48 – results

* course record

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