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Nik Wallenda: Tightrope walker makes Chicago crossings

Nik Wallenda walks on a wire

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US tightrope walker Nik Wallenda has successfully completed back-to-back high-wire walks above the city of Chicago, watched by thousands of people.

The 35-year-old achieved the two skyscraper crossings without a safety net or a harness.

He first walked up a steep incline between buildings either side of the Chicago River.

Then, blindfolded, he crossed between the two Marina City towers.

Nik Wallenda walks on a wire from Chicago's Marina City's tower to Leo Burnett building

It took him six minutes 52 seconds to complete the first stage 500ft (152m) above the ground – in winds that were gusting at up to 25mph (40km/h).

Nik Wallenda performs his blindfolded walk

He then completed the 94ft between the two Marina City Towers in one minute 17 seconds.

Nik Wallenda walks as a plane flies past in Chicago

The stunts were televised with a 10-second delay in case he fell.

Spectators watch daredevil Nik Wallenda

On the ground, thousands cheered Mr Wallenda – a seventh-generation tightrope walker.

Nik Wallenda wears his blindfold while answering questions about his blindfolded walk

Mr Wallenda – again blindfolded – then answered reporters’ questions. He has already walked across both the Grand Canyon and the Niagara Falls on tightropes.