Daredevil Felix Baumgartner to retire

2012-10-16 17:46
Austrian base jumper Felix Baumgartner poses in a hangar at the Red Bull headquarters in Salzburg. (File, AFP)

Austrian base jumper Felix Baumgartner poses in a hangar at the Red Bull headquarters in Salzburg. (File, AFP)

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Vienna - Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner has decided to retire after his record-breaking free fall from the stratosphere, his spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday.

"There is nothing else for me to achieve," Baumgartner said in an interview with Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung.

The 43-year-old skydiver and base jumper now plans to work as a helicopter pilot in California and Austria, his spokesperson told dpa.

Baumgartner said in the interview that it was a difficult decision to retire. "But I have no energy left," he added.

On Sunday, the extreme athlete became the first human to break the sound barrier in free fall when he jumped from a capsule tied to a balloon 39km above the ground in New Mexico.

Baumgartner had previously made headlines when he jumped from the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and from the Christ statue in Rio de Janeiro.

- SAPA
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