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From China, A Bridge Jump Too Far

Friday, September 26, 2014

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One of the world's tallest bridges has just hosted a competition that most people would rather die than enter: seeing who could jump off of it the best.

Seriously.

The competition Sept. 20 drew 35 daredevils from 16 countries.

At over 1,200 feet high, China's Balinghe Bridge (also spelled Baling) in Anshun City, Guizhou Province, was the location for an international BASE jumping challenge.

This YouTube video, posted by NTDTV, shows a few of the acrobatic moves the jumpers performed.

The bridge is one of the world's tallest and the highest bridge ever to host a BASE jumping event, according to WPTV.com.

Acrobatic Free-Falling

BASE jumping is an extreme sport in which participants jump from a fixed object, free-fall for a little bit, and then pull a parachute. According to BaseJumper.com, BASE stands for the four fixed objects from which one can jump: Building, Antennae, Span, Earth.

At the event in China, jumpers had to impress judges with creative acrobatic moves as they fell. Judges graded the participants on skill and creativity. Unfortunately, Chinese media did not announce the winner of the event.

Balinghe Bridge
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Opened to traffic in December 2009, the Balinghe Bridge is about 1,200 feet tall and has a total length of 7,339 feet.

Jumpers fell at an average speed of 50 miles per hour, WPTV.com reported. They only free-fall for about five seconds before pulling their parachutes—only about 330 feet above the ground.

About the Bridge

Opened to traffic in December 2009, the suspension bridge has a span of 3,570 feet and a total length of 7,339 feet. China held its first BASE jumping event on the bridge in 2012.

   

Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Bridges; China; Fall protection; Health & Safety; Health and safety

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