Worthing Birdman record broken

An adventurer has beaten the record for the furthest distance unassisted flight during a "birdman" competition. Ron Freeman soared 159.8 metres in the Worthing International Birdman competition today.

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Record broken at Worthing Birdman competition

Ron Freeman during the 2013 Worthing International Birdman competition Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

An adventurer has beaten the record for the furthest distance unassisted flight during a "birdman" competition. Ron Freeman soared 159.8 metres in the Worthing International Birdman competition today, passing his 141.5 metre record set at the event last year, organisers said.

Freeman, the reigning champion, could now land the £10,000 top prize at the event which sees people throw themselves off the Sussex seaside town's pier in machines and costumes of varying airworthiness.

A spokesman for the event confirmed Mr Freeman's distance, adding that his adapted hang glider the Geordie Flyer had a large wingspan. He added: 'He overlapped the edge of the platform that the competitors jump off.'

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