1. ITV Report

Flower stunt record smashed by 100 women skydivers

One hundred one women skydivers set a Russian record when they leapt from planes to form the pattern of a flower in mid-air above the town of Kolomna, about 115 kilometres from Moscow.

The skydivers from the all-women Pearls of the Sky team dedicated the jump to their former captain Irina Sinitsina who died last autumn in a group skydiving stunt in California.

Ms Sinitsina had led the team last year to breaking the previous Russian record of an 88-person flower pattern free fall in July 2012.

One hundred one female skydivers set a Russian record. Credit: Reuters

This time, the team left one space open in the centre of the formation to represent their "missing petal" Sinitsina.

The team spent two days training and practising the formation in groups of 40 and 60 before successfully completing the jump with 101 women on Saturday.