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Daredevil granny beats record for parachute jump

STOCKHOLM (AFP) – A 103-year-old Swedish woman on Sunday set the world record for the oldest person to complete a tandem parachute jump, saying she planned to celebrate “with a little cake”.

“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 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.

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.

Rut Larsson from Mjölby and her tandem partner Joackim Johansson from Linköping’s parachute club complete their parachute jump on a field in Motala, Sweden. PHOTO: AFP
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