Retired U.S. Marine George Wood collapses after planking for more than seven hours.
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Not all heroes wear capes, and not all athletes play sports. Some of them, like retired U.S. Marine officer George Hood just exercise very, very intensely. In 2015, Hood set the Guinness World Record for “planking,” a competitive exercise that entails using one’s forearms and toes to keep the legs and torso elevated several inches above the ground, straight like a wooden plank.
This year, on May 14, during an international competition in Beijing, Hood not only broke his record of five hours, 15 minutes, and 15 seconds. He shattered it. His time: 7:04:05 — an extraordinary feat considering that planking is generally regarded as one of the toughest exercises a person can perform, but not extraordinary enough to maintain his world champion status.
That distinction now belongs to a Chinese police officer named Mao Weidong, who beat Hood’s time by nearly an hour, setting a new world record of 8:01:01. “He was up against the best,” said a defeated Hood, his body dripping with sweat. “Tremendous respect here for this man. I mean that, truly.” Meanwhile, Weidong, who seems to be something of a show off, celebrated his victory by knocking out seven extraneous pushups.
Correction: An earlier version of this article misspelled the name of an athlete. His name is George Hood, not George Wood.
QUETTA, Pakistan/KABUL (Reuters) - The brother of the leader of the Afghan Taliban was among at least four people killed in a bomb blast at a mosque in Pakistan on Friday, two Taliban sources told Reuters, an attack that could affect efforts to end the Afghan war.
An Indiana Army National Guard soldier died Thursday night during a training accident at Fort Hood.
According to a Fort Hood press release, the soldier's injuries came from "a tactical vehicle accident in the training area." The name of the soldier is being withheld until the family is notified.
The incident, which occurred at around 10 p.m., will be investigated by the Army Combat Readiness Center at Fort Rucker, Alabama, the release said.
Nearly 32% of active-duty military deaths between 2006 and 2018 have been the result of accidents, according to an analysis from the Congressional Research Service.
The Army has had a number of vehicular deaths this year. In June, one West Point cadet was killed and 21 others were injured when a tactical vehicle rolled during training. A vehicle rollover at Fort Irwin, California killed one soldier and injured three others that same month, and in May, a rollover killed one soldier and injured a dozen others at Fort Polk, La.