World record for matchstick Eiffel Tower after U-turn

  • By Sofia Ferreira Santos
  • BBC news

Image source, Richard Plaud/REUTERS

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It took Richard Plaud 4,200 hours to build his model of the Eiffel Tower

A model of the Eiffel Tower has been officially declared the world’s tallest match building, a day after it was ruled out by Guinness World Records (GWR).

The 7.19 meter high tower was disqualified on Wednesday because it was made from the wrong type of competitions.

GWR said on Thursday it was initially too harsh and congratulated model enthusiast Richard Plaud on his record.

Mr Plaud, 47, said this week had been an “emotional rollercoaster”.

It took Mr Plaud eight years to build the model, which is made from 706,900 matches and 23kg of glue.

He began building the tower by cutting the red sulfur caps off commercial matches, but soon realized that this would be a long and laborious process.

After contacting the manufacturer, Mr. Plaud was sent pounds of regular wooden matches and continued building his model.

Mr Plaud, from Montpellier-de-Médillan in western France, completed the tower on December 27 and contacted GWR to authenticate his work.

He was later told it had been rejected because only “commercially available” matches were eligible for a record-breaker – but on Thursday the organization changed its mind.

Mark Mckinley of Guinness World Records said the organization was “very excited to be able to approve it”.

“We’re happy to admit that we were a little too harsh on the type of matches required for this attempt, and Richard’s attempt is officially really great,” he added.

Mr Plaud hopes to display his tower in Paris for the Olympics in July.

The previous world record was held by Toufic Daher from Lebanon, who built an Eiffel Tower of 6.53 meters in 2009.

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