103-year-old Swedish granny breaks world parachuting record

A 103-year-old Swedish woman set the world record for the oldest person to complete a tandem parachute jump on May 30th, saying she planned to celebrate "with a little cake".

103-year-old Swedish granny breaks world parachuting record
103-year-old Rut Larsson after breaking the world record for the oldest person to complete a tandem parachute jump. Photo: Jeppe Gustafsson/TT

“It was wonderful to do this, I’ve been thinking about it for a long time,” Rut Larsson told Swedish news agency TT, adding: “It all went as planned.”

With family and friends waiting on the airfield below, Larsson completed her jump harnessed to parachutist Joackim Johansson in Motala, 240 kilometres (150 miles) southwest of Stockholm.

The pair sailed down to the ground smoothly, as helpers rushed to Larsson’s side with her walker to help her get up.

Rut Larsson celebrating her new world record with parachutists from Linköping Parachute Club in Motala. Photo: Jeppe Gustafsson/TT

Asked what she saw and felt as she came down, Larsson replied: “Nowadays I don’t see so well, but it felt good”.

She said she liked “that you slowly glide down from above, I think it feels nice.”

An official from the Guinness Book of World Records was on hand to record the jump.

Larsson, who is 103 years and 259 days old, beat the previous record of 103 years and 181 days.

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Sweden’s Armand Duplantis breaks pole vault world record

22-year-old Swedish-American Armand "Mondo" Duplantis set a new world record in pole vault at the World Athletics Championships on July 25th in Oregon, United States, beating his previous best by 1cm.

Sweden's Armand Duplantis breaks pole vault world record

The pole vaulter is a dual Swedish-US citizen born and raised in the US, who has competed internationally for Sweden since 2015.

Duplantis was the only pole vaulter to clear over six metres, at which point he had already secured gold in the World Championships.

Shortly afterwards, he set a new championship record at 6.06 metres, but he wasn’t finished.

On his first attempt to clear the 6.21 world-record height, he failed, but on the second attempt, he cleared with a 8.2 centimetre margin over the bar – meaning a new world record.

The crowd at Hayward Field, where the championships were held, went wild as Duplantis sprinted to see his father and coach Greg Duplantis, himself a former pole vaulter, and embrace his Swedish girlfriend Desiré Inglander.

“That’s his best jump ever,” his father said.

“It is great, I cannot complain!” said Duplantis, whose new mark bettered his previous best by 1cm, set when winning gold at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade in March.

It was his fifth world record, and third this year.

“Actually, I did not think about the record that much today,” he said.

“Usually, it is always somewhere in the back of my mind but today, I was really focused on the win and I really wanted to win the gold so badly. It was the medal I was missing.

“So when I was on this height, it was like everything came together and it happened from there.”