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UK free runner eyes Burj Khalifa for ultimate challenge

James Kingston, who shot to fame for Spiderman-style exploits, says hopeful of tackling Dubai's famous landmark

UK free runner eyes Burj Khalifa for ultimate challenge

James Kingston, a British free runner who has shot to fame for his Spiderman-style exploits of hanging from tall buildings, has revealed that he is targeting Dubai's Burj Khalifa as his ultimate challenge.

Last week, Kingston released his latest death-defying video which showed him scaling a crane on top of the South Bank Tower in London and hanging off it with only one hand.

The 23-year old, who was the subject of a TV documentary Don’t Look Down earlier this year, said in an interview on ITV's This Morning programme, that he hoped to soon tackle the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building.

He talked about the Burj Khalifa being "the big one" for him, adding that he was "working on that one".

Asked if he was talking with authorities in the emirate, he couldn't give a straight yes or no, preferring to add: "It's in the works".

Urban free climbers are a new breed of daredevils - young men and women who illegally climb cranes and buildings without any safety equipment, then hang from them, hundreds of metres above the ground, one slip from certain death.

The TV documentary that showed in the UK earlier this year featured Kingston hanging off cranes and treating his home city of Southampton as a giant, scalable playground.

Three months later, a video of Kingston performing a backflip on a bridge in Ukraine went viral, gaining him coverage on both sides of the Atlantic.

Asked about whether he risks arrest as he becomes more well known, Kingston said he knows it could happen but that he is not doing anything bad.

In 2011, a French daredevil urban climber scaled the 828m Burj Khalifa in Dubai, fighting winds that delayed his ascent for hours.

Alain Robert, who is also known as the French Spiderman, took about six hours to climb the more than 160-storey building, using a rope and harness as required by organisers.

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