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HindustanTimes Fri,22 Aug 2014

World

Man jumps 14,000ft with smallest parachute, sets world record
PTI
Dubai, April 08, 2014
First Published: 16:30 IST(8/4/2014)
Last Updated: 16:36 IST(8/4/2014)

A Venezuelan daredevil has set a new Guinness record for skydiving using the world's smallest parachute after he jumped from 14,000 feet with a canopy the size of a bed sheet.

During his three-and-a-half-minute descent, Ernesto Gainza used a parachute measuring only 35 square feet.

Watch: Landing the world's smallest parachute at Skydive Dubai

Gainza risked a spin that would have killed him but managed a perfect landing in the Palm Drop Zone at the Skydive Dubai Club, last week.

"It was awesome, amazing and emotional. I had to keep my body really straight, as even a little input from my hips or turning left or right could make the parachute turn," he said.

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

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

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Expert sky divers use parachutes that range in size from 80 to 200 square feet, and even the smallest of the high-performance canopy sizes developed over the last ten years average between 70 and 90 square feet.

A representative from the Guinness World Records presented Gainza with a certificate after his jump.


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