London: 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.