A Frenchman on Wednesday broke the world record for bungee jumping, throwing himself into the void 765 times in 24 hours from a bridge in Scotland.
François-Marie Dibon, a 44-year-old Parisian who lives in Sweden, broke the previous record, set in May 2017 by a New Zealander who threw himself 430 times in one day.
The Frenchman started his challenge on Tuesday from a platform in the village of Pitlochry in the Scottish Highlands. Twelve hours later he had already broken the record, but continued bungee jumping until Wednesday morning.
"I feel like my brain still thinks I'm jumping," he said. "I don't feel tired yet (...) I feel the excitement of having broken this record with the whole team."
Before starting on Tuesday, Mr. Dibon told the PA agency that he was "happy and in the moment". He then chained the jumps, despite the showers, almost without taking breaks and eating little.
After each 40-meter dive in the Scottish gorges, Mr. Dibon was brought back on deck by his team from where he jumped back up immediately. On average, he made a jump every 113 seconds.
Setting a bungee jumping record is nothing trivial for Mr. Dibon, who had vertigo a few years ago. To beat this record, which he had in his sights for five years, the Frenchman trained for months.
"It's not just an extreme and individual sport, it's an endurance sport that is collective," he said, praising the work of the fifteen Scots who accompanied him. in his challenge.
Guinness World Records judge Joanne Brent called the record "inspiring".