A Chinese sailor chosen to take part in a massive military parade in Beijing next week has kept his eyes open without blinking for nearly an hour, far longer than the world record. The trooper, a missile technician with the PLA Navy dubbed the “Staring King”, kept his eyes open for 57 minutes and 24 seconds, t he Beijing Times reported. The parade participation minimum requirement is at least 40 seconds. But even in February, the sailor was unable to meet the minimum requirement due to a bout of trachoma – a bacterial eye infection that affects the eyelid and cornea. He perfected his talent over a month by standing in areas facing the most wind and sun to train his eyes. Soon he passed the 10- and 20-minute marks, his eyes watering less and less, the report said. The previous record-holder was an Australian man, Fergal “Eyesore” Fleming, who stared down his opponent, Steven “Stare Master” Stagg for 40 minutes and 59 seconds, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Fleming also beat the Guinness World Record holder of 17-minutes during the stare-off challenge in Darwin, Australia in September, 2011.