According to ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday, part-time co-host, Michael Strahan, got down on the floor to talk with Gabi Uri who planked throughout the interview after been rolled out on a dolly. The 16-year-old found out today that her marathon plank has earned her a Guinness World Records title for the Longest Time in an Abdominal Plank Position by a female. She was given the certificate while still in her planking position in which she rested on forearms and toes with her abs and glutes engaged. (See photo above).
Gabi held her plank for one hour, 20 minutes and five seconds on April 19, two days after her sixteenth birthday to raise money for Children's Hospital Colorado. When Michael asked her why she decided to do that, she told him that she was born with VATER syndrome. The initials in VATER syndrome refer to five different areas in which a child may have abnormalities: Vertebrae, Anus, Trachea, Esophagus, and Renal (kidneys). There is no currently known cause, but a gene defect is believed to be involved. This left Gabi with scoliosis and missing muscles in her calves, glutes and abdominals. The syndrome has also forced her to undergo 14 surgeries since birth, the first of which when she was 4 months old.
According to her website, Gabi has been trying for a Guinness World Record title since fifth-grade. She zeroed in on the plank in Aug. after her high school's volleyball coach told her to hold a plank while the rest of the team ran.
She used planking as an attempt at the Guinness World Record title to raise money for the hospital that treated her. She raised over $50,000 for the Children's Hospital of Colorado. "Most of my 14 [surgeries] were at the Children's Hospital so they really helped me to be healthy enough to do this," Gabi said.
Guinness official Kimberly Patrick knelt down on the floor by Gabi and said, "I'm here to officially recognize you as the new Guinness World Records titleholder. Congratulations." A "thank you" was all Gabi could muster in reply to Patrick because she accepted the award while still planking.