A U.S. Army soldier performs a dead hang during a Best Warrior competition at Fort McCoy, Wis., April 9, 2022.

A U.S. Army soldier performs a dead hang during a Best Warrior competition at Fort McCoy, Wis., April 9, 2022. (Alexandra Behne/U.S. Army)

TOKYO — A Japan coast guard officer was recognized in January by Guinness World Records for the longest continued dead hang, his second Guinness record.

Kenta Adachi, 35, a chief navigator and diver assigned to a patrol vessel in Yamaguchi prefecture, set the record in November for longest duration in the dead hang position by a male, according to the Guinness website. He lasted one hour, 20 minutes, 41 seconds.

Adachi broke the previous record of 16 minutes and 3 seconds set by a Norwegian man in November 2020.

Adachi set his first Guinness record on March 4, 2022, for the most consecutive pullups with 651.

“Kenta has attempted another Guinness World Records title and knew he is good at pullups,” the Guinness website said. “He attempted this challenge as he wanted to take on as many challenges as he could.”

When Adachi joined the coast guard at age 19, he could do only 12 pullups during a fitness test, the Yomiuri newspaper reported Friday. Afterward, he spent numerous hours improving his form and endurance.

After setting the world record for pullups, people asked how long he could just hang from a bar, so he decided to try after learning that Guinness had a category for dead hang, the report said. He began training while he practiced pullups.

The rules for the dead hang state that once contenders grab the 6.8-foot high bar, they can’t let go of either hand, move sideways or bend their elbows.

Adachi told Yomiuri that supporting his 137 pounds of body weight with his arms was harder than he had imagined.

He set the record on Nov. 18 at a local gym in Shunan city, the Mainichi newspaper reported Monday. Guinness certified his record on Jan. 28.

“I want to believe in my own strength and that of my colleagues, and save many people,” Adachi told Mainichi.

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Hana Kusumoto is a reporter/translator who has been covering local authorities in Japan since 2002. She was born in Nagoya, Japan, and lived in Australia and Illinois growing up. She holds a journalism degree from Boston University and previously worked for the Christian Science Monitor’s Tokyo bureau.

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