Hitting target on the fly

Wingsuit enthusiasts pitted their skills against each other to hit the target during the 6th Carabao World Wingsuit Championship in Zhangjiajie, in China's central Hunan province, on Monday.

The contest, which is not for the faint-hearted, saw competitors leaping from a 1,458m-high ledge on Tianmen mountain, reported the Mail Online.

Their goal? To weave through the mountains and hit a target suspended in midair that measures just 80cm in circumference.

A flier who hits the centre of the target scores 50 points. The farther away he is from the bull's eye, the higher the score. The flier with the lowest number of points wins.

Seven people from countries such as the United States, France and China took part.

The top spot went to Mr Gabriel Lott from Brazil.

It was a sweet victory for the 39-year-old who was injured in a knife attack in the slums of Rio de Janeiro five months ago.

He told reporters: "I am really lucky to be here today. I cherished every chance of flying."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 14, 2017, with the headline 'Hitting target on the fly'. Print Edition | Subscribe