Competitors from 32 countries are competing in the 12th. World Parachuting Championships at Szolnok, Hungary.?
Competitors from 32 countries are competing in the 12th. World Parachuting Championships at Szolnok, Hungary. The championships co-incide with the 900th. anniversary of the founding of Szolnok, about 50 miles (80 kilometres) south-east of Budapest.
About 1000,000 spectators attended a colourful flying and parachute parade to open the championships on Sunday (28 July). The competition proper got underway on Monday (29 July).
With fine conditions prevailing, competitors took part in jumps for style and accuracy. Their accuracy was gauged by their ability to land on, or near, a small marker disc.
In recent years, competitors seeking more accuracy have been reducing the number of gores (panels) in their parachutes to give them more speed and less sway during a drop. Many of the chutes used on Monday appeared stripped to the limit.
A total of 228 competitors will jump during the championships which conclude on August the 11th. Each nation is permitted a maximum of five male and five female representatives, but the men dominate these championships with 155 participating as against 73 women.
SYNOPSIS: Championship parachutists have gone to extremes in recent years to push for pinpoint accuracy in landings. They have gradually been reducing the number of gores, or panels, in their parachutes to give them more speed through the air and less away as they drop. Many of the 'chutes on Monday appeared to have been "stripped" to their limit.
The championships have attracted competitors from eastern and western bloc nations. Organisers are confident they will live up to their theme of "Peace through Sports".
At a special opening ceremony on Sunday about a hundred-the sand spectators watche??? a colourful flying and parachute parade. But on Monday it was back to earth with a thump for many competitors as they experienced the ups and downs of a world championship ???.