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Kölner in 4th place in the stair run in the Empire State Building

The German athlete Görge Heimann took fourth place in the legendary stair run up the Empire State Building in New York.

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Kölner in 4th place in the stair run in the Empire State Building

The German athlete Görge Heimann took fourth place in the legendary stair run up the Empire State Building in New York. According to the organizer, the 53-year-old from Cologne managed the 1,576 steps to the 86th floor in 11:40 minutes on Thursday. The winner was Wai Ching Soh from the USA in 10:44 minutes.

It was Heimann's second start after 2016 when he finished fifth. He had ruled out a win in advance because of the strong competition, but was aiming for a top place and a new best time.

The 44th edition of the run again led to the observation deck of the iconic skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan. It would take less than a minute for the elevator to climb the 320 vertical meters – the Australian Paul Crake has held the staircase record since 2003 with 9 minutes and 33 seconds.

However, it was a German who achieved the most victories among men: Thomas Dold was first on the roof of the metropolis seven times. Unlike high-rise runs in China or the Middle East, there is no prize money in New York.

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