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Daredevils jump from world's tallest building

Discussion in 'Sports' started by MziziMkavu, Jan 8, 2010.

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    Two daredevils have broken the record for the world’s highest BASE jump, by leaping off the world’s tallest building.

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    Seasoned BASE jumpers Omar Al Hegelan and Nasser Al Neyadi reached speeds of 220km/h as they plunged 672m in 90 seconds from Dubai’s newly opened Burj Khalifa tower, gulfnews.com reported.

    Al Niyadi, who has completed 2700 jumps and holds a world record for the first ever Mt. Everest sky dive, described the feat as "the best experience ever".

    "When we were at the top of the building I was thinking 'this is crazy'. I was a little nervous but I wanted to jump from the highest tower in the world to record an achievement for my family and for my country," he told gulfnews.com.

    BASE jumping is a highly dangerous sport involving jumping from a fixed surface and free falling before deploying a parachute.

    The Burj Khalifa is 828m tall and cost $1.5 billion to build, it was opened on January 5 with an elaborate fireworks display.

    In pictures: The world's tallest building