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Austrian stuntman breaks world fire records

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Austrian stuntman breaks world fire records
Photo: Paul Gillingwater
22:10 CEST+02:00
On an overcast Saturday evening by a Styrian mountain lake, Austrian stunt performer Joe Tödtling broke two world records -- longest drag behind a galloping horse (500m), and longest drag behind a quad bike (582m) -- both while on fire.

The stunt required meticulous training and preparations.  Tödtling armored himself with iron plates on his elbows and knees, then was swaddled in layers of protective clothing and fireproof gel.

Photo: Owen Kilgour

He then held on to a rope which was then dragged along by a horse at full gallop, for a distance of 500m, having been doused in accelerant and set alight by his stunt coordination team.

After traveling nearly half way around the scenic Teichalm mountain lake in front of a crowd of enthusiastic locals and safety professionals, Joe then reversed direction, holding on to a tow rope being dragged by a quad bike.

In an exclusive interview with The Local, Joe revealed that this was to be his last attempt at a world record stunt, after a long conversation with his wife.

Tödtling completed another stunt world record in his home town of Passail in March 2015.

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