French Roller-skater Sets New World Record for the Longest Jump [Video]

France’s Taig Khris set a new world record for the longest jump on rollerblades after carrying out the stunt in front of hundreds of fans in Paris on Saturday.

Three times world champion, thirty-five-year old Taig Khris, jumped 95 feet in front of Paris’ Sacre Coeur Basilica (Sacred Heart) monument to the delight of thousands of supporters.

A Frenchman has set a new world record for the longest jump on rollerblades after carrying out the stunt in front of thousands of spectators. After an initial jump of 28.4m, Khris had already broken the previous record of 24m, which was set by American Danny Way.

Spurred on by the thousands of people who had gathered to see him, the adrenalin junkie rolled down the custom-made launch pad and managed to improve his jump by a metre before safely landing on an inflatable cushion.

Last May, Khris had achieved a world record by executing the highest jump off the first floor of France’s iconic Eiffel Tower. Jeremy Dumont, 12, who saw the jump with his parents told the website the sight was spectacular.

“It’s magical. It is in the air, it flies over Paris,” he said. The boy’s mother, Pascaline Dumont added: “It looks like a bird [flying] over Paris. It’s impressive.”

Khris’ passion for rollerblades began when he was only six years old and the Frenchman has gone on to compete around the globe in a number of professional tournaments.

He was awarded gold at the 2001 X-Games, after performing the first double-backflip in the competition’s history. [via The Telegraph (UK) and Metro (UK)]

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