Abdominal muscles are on display in Beijing, where a Chinese policeman and a retired U.S. marine are going head-to-head in a planking competition. Nathan Frandino reports.
Lights. Camera. Plank. It's showtime in Beijing where retired Marine officer George Wood is facing off against Chinese policeman Mao Weidong in a planking competition. Wood holds the current Guiness World Record at five hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds... set last year. This year Wood set a new record, but it wasn't enough to beat his competitor... He relinquished at 7 hours, 4 minutes and 5 seconds. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER PLANKING WORLD RECORD HOLDER, GEORGE HOOD, SAYING: "Absolutely a genuine gift, my personal best, so long I've ever...thought I would have to go. But he is up against the best. Too many respects for this man. I mean it, truly." Mao held on for almost another hour, celebrating his new world record with a set of push-ups. He credits his occupation as a policeman for his strength. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) NEW PLANKING WORLD RECORD HOLDER, CHINESE PLANKING ATHLETE, MAO WEIDONG, SAYING: "Actually, as Special Weapons And Tactics police, we have lots of strength training everyday. I think the strength training is very helpful for doing planking." Mao's new record now stands at eight hours, 1 minute and 1 second.