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American Teen Sets Record by Climbing World's Tallest Mountains

Jordan Romero speaks to reporters in Katmandu, Nepal. (File Photo - May 27, 2010)

A teenage American has become the youngest person to climb the highest mountains on all seven of the world's continents.

Jordan Romero, 15, reached the summit of Mount Vinson in Antarctica on Saturday and is reported to be descending the nearly 5,000-meter peak. He and his team, which includes his father, are expected to reach base camp later on Sunday.

The teenager started his quest at age 10 when he became the youngest person to reach the summit of Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro.

Romero prepared for the final ascent by conquering Mount Everest, the world's tallest peak, last year.

In May, a British climber, George Atkinson, 16, had set the record that has now been surpassed by Romero.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.