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  Highest motorcycle jump-world record set by Robbie Maddison

 LAS VEGAS, NV, USA -- Australian motocross rider Robbie Maddison, 27, catapulted himself off a 10-metre (35-foot) high ramp to the top of the 30-metre (96-foot) high replica of the Arc de Triomph-setting the world record for the highest motorcycle jump.
   Photo: After landing safely, Maddison then jumped off the monument, plunging 25 metres (85 feet) in a free-fall before landing on a ramp so hard that it opened a bleeding cut on his left hand. (enlarge photo)
  "That was definitely the most dangerous jump in my life," he said.

"It's definitely a milestone in my life to overcome the fear I had," a jubilant Maddison, whose left hand was dripping with blood after the freefall impact, said. "The hand kills. I think I broke it."

   The Australian dedicated last year's stunt to his idol, legendary American stuntman Evel Knievel who died in 2007.

  A year ago, Maddison had established another world record for the longest motorcycle jump in Las Vegas with a leap of 98 metres (322 feet) over the length of a football field.

   He said his friends and family are supportive. “I’ve worked hard to get here so I guess they’re proud to see me succeeding,” he said.

   “When you’re passionate about something, the bad things about it don’t deter you,” Robbie Maddison said.

   The spectacle in front of the Paris Las Vegas was part of the Red Bull “New Year No Limits” broadcast. Footage of his triumph atop the Triomphe was broadcast live on ESPN and online, and was witnessed by thousands of fans and stunned onlookers who lined the Strip to watch the death-defying leap.

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  Highest jump on a BMX bike-world record set by Kevin Robinson

  Longest motorcycle jump-world record set by Robbie Maddison

   Longest swim in a lagoon-world record set by Mauro Giaconia

  Youngest relay team to swim the English Channel-world record set by English swimmers


   Sunday, January 4, 2009

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