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Worthing Pier Birdman 'Breaks World Record'
Adventurer Ron Freeman today set what he believes is another Birdman world record.
He leapt off Worthing Pier in West Sussex with his hang glider and flew 141.5 metres into the English Channel.
It comes a day after he claimed he had set a new record by becoming the first person to break the 100-metre mark with 106 metres.
"I just took off and got good lift on take off and I knew I was going to go far," he said after his latest flight.
"I couldn't wait to experience that. Seventeen seconds in the air, that's a world record as well. It's a long time."
Mr Freeman, 57, admitted to being nervous ahead of his attempt after watching opponent Tony Hughes record a 132.5-metre flight.
"My legs went numb, I got the shakes," he said.
"Then all of a sudden the alarm bells went off and I'm thinking, well just a minute Ron, you've got a glider just the same as Tony's, you can do the same, just get up there and do it."
Mr Freeman, from Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, said he was "euphoric" despite missing out again on the £10,000 jackpot for a 100-metre flight going forwards. He chose a sideways route because of strong winds.
Fun flyers in joke outfits also took part in the two-day event alongside the seriously-minded adventurers.