Paralyzed man breaks world record for finishing a marathon in an exoskeleton suit

Adam Gorlitsky says groups of people kept him going as he finished mile after mile of the 2020 Charleston Marathon.

(CNN)A South Carolina man competing in the 2020 Charleston Marathon has beaten the world record for the fastest time to finish a marathon in an exoskeleton suit.

Adam Gorlitsky, who is paralyzed from the waist down, completed Saturday's 26.2-mile race with a time of 33 hours, 50 minutes and 23 seconds, Cory Michel, one of the organizers of the Charleston Marathon, told CNN.
The current record holder is British man Simon Kindleysides, who finished the 2018 London Marathon in 36 hours and 46 minutes, according to Guinness World Records.
    Guinness has not certified Gorlitsky's race results, which Gorlitsky said he plans to submit to the organization Monday.
    Gorlitsky started walking the race Thursday night and finished Saturday morning, without taking any breaks for sleep.
    It was Gorlitsky's second marathon attempt. His first was at the Los Angeles Marathon in March 2019, when he made it to 17.2 miles before stopping.
    "I've been attempting to break Simon's record for about a year now," Gorlitsky told CNN. "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."
    By the time he finished, Gorlitsky was sleep-deprived, shivering and exhausted. What helped push him to the finish line, he said, was having a solid support group.
    "With this marathon being in my hometown, so many groups of people came out and walked a mile with us throughout the race," he said. "With things like this, you have so much adrenaline going through your body that even when I was tired, everyone's energy pulled me through."
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