Austria hails daredevil Baumgartner after space jump
Published on Oct 15, 2012 5:57 AM
VIENNA (AFP) - Austrian leaders were quick to congratulate daredevil Felix Baumgartner after their compatriot jumped from the edge of space on Sunday, breaking the sound barrier.
"I warmly congratulate Felix Baumgartner on this great success, which was achieved with courage and perseverance and is finding worldwide attention," President Heinz Fischer reacted on his Facebook page almost immediately after Baumgartner had landed safely in New Mexico.
"Austria is proud of your accomplishment," he added.
Chancellor Werner Faymann also hailed the achievement in a statement.
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