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Mao Weidong sets planking world record in Beijing, China. Photo: Associated Press

Amid much fanfare, a Chinese man set a Guinness World Record for the longest time in an abdominal plank position with an incredible duration of 4 hours, 26 minutes.

Mao Weidong, a police officer from the Beijing SWAT team that was formed in 2005 to combat violent crimes and terrorism, accomplished the planking world record last Friday in an auditorium at the SWAT training base outside Beijing, China, according CCTV News and other media outlets.

Cameramen, media, and an audience watched as Mao took his position on a raised platform equipped with a clock. Resting only on his elbows and tiptoes, Mao proceeded to smash the previous planking world record of 3 hours, 7 minutes and 15 seconds set by American athlete George Hood in 2013.

China News did a report on the achievement. Though it's in Chinese, you can get an idea of just how serious people took this planking world record:

To really get a sense of how awesome this record truly is, just try it for 4 minutes and see how well you do.

"I can't do 3 minutes!!" one person wrote on the CCTV News Facebook page.

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Mao Weidong (left), who set a planking world record, receives his Guinness World Record certificate. Photo from CCTV Facebook page

A senior officer told CCTV News that Mao's daily training contributed to his achievement.

Equally remarkable is that people actually sat there and watched him for 4 hours, 26 minutes. Other than sweat and take an occasion sip of water from someone offering a water bottle, Mao didn't do much other than remain in the abdominal plank position for much, much longer than your average NFL game.

Entertainment-wise, it probably ranks up there with watching paint dry.

Interestingly, Mao's time has additional significance other than just being a planking world record. Mao was intentionally shooting for the time of 4 hours, 26 minutes as a goal because April 26 is his wife's birthday.

Whew—good thing she wasn't born in December.

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