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Parachutist sets new world record with 14,000ft 'bed sheet' jump

Tuesday, 8 April 2014 - 10:51am IST | Place: London | Agency: ANI

  • Parachutist Parachutist sets new world record with 14,000ft `bed sheet` jump

A parachutist has sets a new world record by jumping 4,200m (14,000ft) using what may be the world's smallest parachute - a "bed sheet."

During his three-and-a-half-minute descent, Ernesto Gainza risked a spin that would have killed him but managed a perfect landing in the Palm Drop Zone at the Skydive Dubai Club, Metro.co.uk reported.

The extreme athlete has already performed more than 7,000 jumps but spent a year in training for his attempt.

Gainza's jump took 0.18 sq m off the previous record for smallest canopy, set by Brazilian Luigi Cani in 2006.

The Venezuelan was presented with his certificate by Guinness World Records after the jump.

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