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Lhakpa Gelu shatters Everest speed record
20:36 p.m. EDT May 25, 2003
A report just in from base camp says Lhakpa Gelu has completed his Everest speed record in a unofficial time of 10 hours and 12 min, beating the record Pemba Dorjie set just days ago (12 hrs 45 min), by more than 2 hours.

This was Lhakpa's second attempt at the Everest ascent record this season. He had made a go for it on the 21st, but poor weather forced him to abort.

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