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May 15, 2021
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Olympic Ring Formation

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150 urban mountaineers in Sao Paulo, Brazil attempted a record-breaking feat inspired by the Olympic Games.

Hanging from the Sumare Bridge in the west of the city, the group formed a suspended human image of the Olympic rings in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest ever formation of its kind.

Alan Ferreira the organiser says “the Rio 2016 Olympics coming to Brazil provided the fitting moment for the feat”.

Professional and amateur enthusiasts alike arrived at the site at 5am to get rigged up and prepared for the descent, in which 24 people, dressed in the iconic colours, made up each ring.

The rings remained in place for some 40 minutes, with cars passing beneath beeping their horns, and a cheering crowd gathering nearby alongside a reinforced security presence.

For Rodrigo Franja, a mountaineer himself, it was a powerful sight.

The 98-foot high (30-metre) Sumare Bridge is famous in Sao Paulo as a hub for urban mountaineering and extreme sports, such as a simultaneous 149-person rope-jumping stunt in April this year.

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