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  Woman sets domino-toppling world record
Updated 18 August 2003, 15.48

A Chinese woman has broken the record for the longest solo domino topple after spending seven weeks setting up the stunt.


Ma Lihua, 24, smashed the previous record - which had stood for 19 years - by a whopping 20,000 bricks.

She lined up 303,628 dominoes.

They came tumbling down in just four minutes.

Cockroach

Ma's bid to break the record was nearly ruined by insects.

At one point during her preparations, a cockroach knocked over 10,000 tiles.

Fact File
How Ma broke the record
She put in 13-hour days over seven weeks to set up the stunt
She laid out a whopping 303,628 dominoes
Her domino design stretched for 15km (9.3 miles)
She played badminton in her breaks to help relieve the stress

So strong-smelling leaves were then dotted around the Singapore hall Ma used for her attempt to try to put off the creatures.

Nightmares

Ma said the insects gave her nightmares, but she remained determined right to the end.

"There was a time when I was not feeling well, but I had a goal to achieve," she said.



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