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World record attempt for the longest trampoline slam dunk - picture

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A trampoline artist has attempted to break the world record for the longest slam dunk.

The feat was completed last Saturday (October 6) at a pre-season exhibition basketball game between NBA's Dallas Mavericks and the host nation's ALBA Berlin.

Lords of Gravity World Record Slam Dunk

© Lords of Gravity



At halftime, a trampoline was positioned 7.55m (24 feet 7 inches) away from the hoop at the O2 World arena after trampolining troupe Lords of Gravity had performed an acrobatic aerial routine to entertain the crowd.

One of the group, Csanád Borlay, then stepped forward onto the apparatus and leaped through the air to complete a perfect slam dunk.

The official Guinness World Records (GWR) site lists the current record holder as Thilo Schwarck from Germany, who performed his 7.75m slam dunk on the set of Wir Holen Den Rekord Nach Deutschland - the German version of the GWR TV show format.

Gabriel Zippenfenig, team manager of the Lords of Gravity said that the group had prepared their jump based on the previous record of 7.5m (24.6 feet) as they were unaware that GWR had updated their database.

"We will set the new world record in the very near future," said Zippenfenig. "I think probably it will be from 7.8m (25.59 feet)"

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