Belgian skydivers are world champions


HayaBusa, the Belgian military team of skydivers, was successful in extending its world formation title this month. Once again, at the world championships in Australia, the team climbed onto the highest podium with a new world record.

The Belgian army team has been one of the best in the world for many years. Last August, it demonstrated its top skills when it won the world army formation championships in Hungary. It has now repeated the trick in the normal world championships in Brisbane.

The aim of formation sky diving is to make as many prescribed figures as possible with four parachutists during a free fall of 35 seconds. Each team was required to carry out a total of ten jumps during the world championships. During the sixth jump the Belgians added extra shine to their gold medal by beating the world record for the number of successful formations in a single jump. No team has ever done better than the 62 figures performed by the Belgians.

The world championships are organised every two years. The top sports team from Defence also came home with the title of world champion in the previous two editions. Therefore, they certainly deserve their name HayaBusa, meaning peregrine falcon in Japanese.