Two high-wire walkers, Francine Pary and Claude Collins, who set out Mar 5, to break the 38-hour world record, at the Palais des Sports in Toulouse, France, managed to stay aloft for 33 hours and 18 minutes.
SV Francine and Claude on the high-wire.
ANGLE SHOT Ditto.
ANGLE SHOT Claude on the wire.
CU francine's feet.
ANGLE SHOT Francine.
LV Francine is attended to then carries on.
ANGLE SHOT Claude is attended to.
LV Claude and Francine resting.
ELEVATED SHOT Umpires signalling.
ANGLE SHOT Claude off wire and down the ladder.
SV Claude collapses on the ground.
SV Francine comes down the ladder.
SV Francine and Claude pose.
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Background: Two high-wire walkers, Francine Pary and Claude Collins, who set out Mar 5, to break the 38-hour world record, at the Palais des Sports in Toulouse, France, managed to stay aloft for 33 hours and 18 minutes.
Walking, eating and resting on the wire, they stood up to the gruelling endurance test which proved to be too much for two other competitors. John Blasco gave up after 17 hours, Huguetted Walter stuck it out for 33 hours. Both were forced down by attacks of dizziness.
Record breakers Francine and Claude covered some 30 miles on the lofty wire. Claude, who had hurt his foot, collapsed when he regained firm ground. Francine also showed signs of exhaustion but claimed she could have carried on had she not wanted to share the triumph with Claude.
The new record tops the previous best time set up last year, also by Francine and by Spaniard Jose Canga, who improved on the high-wire feat of Swedish acrobat.