Oct 7th 2008 By Tom Radler
A man with one leg has jumped his way into the record books.
At the Paralympics in Beijing last month, the world record for long jump was broken by Germany's Wojtek Czyz, who used a space-tech enchanced prosthetic leg
. He jumped 6.5 meters in the event, breaking the previous world record by 27 centimeters.
"In collaboration with the German company ISATEC, we developed a new L-bracket using materials originating from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, an instrument that will be mounted on the International Space Station, " explained Dr. Werner Dupont, MST Aerospace Managing Director.
The materials used are extremely strong, but also lighter than the materials used by other athletes. No doubt if Czyz keeps breaking records, everybody is going to want to get in on that space station action.