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Britain versus America: Who has the oldest skydiver?

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Britain versus America: Who has the oldest skydiver?

<p>A transatlantic tussle is underway pitting two centenarians against each other – each claiming to be the oldest person in the world to make a tandem skydive!</p> <p>Officially, the record is held by British D-Day veteran Bryson Hayes, known as Verdun.</p> <p><a href="http://bit.ly/2u0WPjD">He made it into the Guinness Book of Records</a> by taking the plunge in May, at the grand old age of 101 years and 38 days.</p> <p>Verdun jumped out of a plane from a height of 15,000ft over Devon in southwest England, raising thousands of pounds for the Royal British Legion charity in the process.</p> <p><br /> </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Congratulations to Verdun Hayes, the world's oldest skydiver <a href="https://twitter.com/AndreaOrmsby">@AndreaOrmsby</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCDevon">@BBCDevon</a> <a href="https://t.co/urwRFQ2TbA">pic.twitter.com/urwRFQ2TbA</a></p>— BBC Georgey Tonight (@GeorgeyTonight) <a href="https://twitter.com/GeorgeyTonight/status/864179826269184000">15 mai 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><br /> </p> <p>On Monday, Verdun was presented with his world record certificate and treated to a surprise military guard of honour to recognise his achievement.</p> <p>The great grandfather only took up skydiving to celebrate his 100th birthday. And he loves it!</p> <p>“It was beautiful! I was not afraid,” he said.</p> <p>“No fears, no nothing…you just dive out of the plane and just hope the parachute opens.”</p> <p><br /> </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A Gurkha Guard of Honour welcome for Verdun Hayes. The 101 yr old world record skydiver from Devon raising £3500 for <a href="https://twitter.com/PoppyLegion">@PoppyLegion</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HeartNews?src=hash">#HeartNews</a> <a href="https://t.co/Qs7icUb9lL">pic.twitter.com/Qs7icUb9lL</a></p>— Heart Cornwall News (@HeartCornNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/HeartCornNews/status/892065313780576256">31 juillet 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><br /> </p> <p>Verdun has been brought down to earth with a bump, however. </p> <p>A 102-year-old American has just laid claim to his world record, having made a tandem jump of his own.</p> <p>Kenneth Meyer from New Jersey made his big leap just last week <a href="http://www.nj.com/sussex-county/index.ssf/2017/07/nj_daredevil_102_sets_record_for_worlds_oldest_sky.html">and was quoted as saying</a> in the local media: “I’m doing this for the <span class="caps">USA</span>”.</p> <p><br /> </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">102-year-old N.J. daredevil becomes world's oldest skydiver <a href="https://t.co/O2whF7XnkC">https://t.co/O2whF7XnkC</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/skydive?src=hash">#skydive</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Centurion?src=hash">#Centurion</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/seniors?src=hash">#seniors</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SeniorLiving?src=hash">#SeniorLiving</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NewJersey?src=hash">#NewJersey</a> <a href="https://t.co/IkScwVyNQR">pic.twitter.com/IkScwVyNQR</a></p>— Robert Sciarrino (@SciarrinoRobert) <a href="https://twitter.com/SciarrinoRobert/status/891033061952978950">28 juillet 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><br /> </p> <p>But fear not, on the UK side of the Pond… </p> <p>If his rival’s jump is officially recognised, plucky Brit Verdun is willing to take to the skies once more.</p> <p>“I’d do it again tomorrow!” he said.</p> <p>He may prefer to wait until he has celebrated his 103rd birthday!</p>