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Space tech helps to reach long-jump world record

Robby

The News Robot
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Jul 28, 2004
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Space tech helps to reach long-jump world record

European Space Agency said:
German athlete Wojtek Czyz, running with a space-tech enhanced prosthetic leg, set a new world record at the Paralympics 2008 in Beijing, reaching an amazing 6.50 m and beating the previous world record by 27 cm.
(Via European Space Agency)
 

Kevin

Code Monkey
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Pennsylvania
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OK, I had to read the full article to see what the connection was between the ESA and a prosthetic leg.

"In collaboration with the German company ISATEC, we developed a new L-bracket using materials originating from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), an instrument that will be mounted on the International Space Station to study extraterrestrial anti-matter, matter and missing matter."

The advantage of these space materials is that they are extremely strong and at the same time lighter than conventional products available, both important advantages for top athletes’ performance. The problem with Czyz’ previous prosthesis was that it tended to break when he performed to the maximum of his capacity.