Adam Gorlitsky is paralyzed from the waist down and he just beat the world record for the fastest time to finish a marathon in an exoskeleton suit.
Gorlitsky was in a car accident in December 2005 that left him paralyzed with severe spinal cord injury. His doctors thought he would never be able to walk again, but after 10 years, Gorlitsky was able to stand up and walk using the ReWalk Robotic Exoskeleton. He competed in the 2020 Charleston Marathon going 26.2-miles with a time of 22 hours, 50 minutes, and 23 seconds. The current record holder is British man Simon Kindleysides, who finished the 2018 London Marathon in 36 hours and 46 minutes. The race and records have been submitted to Guinness World Records, but they have not certified the results.
Amazingly, Gorlitsky started walking the race Thursday night and finished Saturday morning, without taking any breaks for sleep. Gorlitsky told CNN,
"I've been attempting to break Simon's record for about a year now. And now that I have, the second I crossed that finish line, I have a whole new level of respect for him and anyone who walks a marathon wearing an exoskeleton suit. It wasn't easy at all."
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