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Dubai-based bungee jump record holder eyes Burj Khalifa challenge.

He may be battered and bruised -- and a little light-headed -- but Dubai's new bungee jump record breaker is already setting his sights on his next challenge.

Fitness coach Colin Philips, from the UK, broke the existing world record of 105 bungee jumps in 24 hours, then went on to do almost 50 more jumps.

"I have Burj Khalifa in my thoughts," said Philips, who called time on his 90-metre leaps when he reached 151. "Thoughts are playing in my head, but let's see what happens," he said. "It's good to keep challenging yourself."

After finishing what he called "the greatest physical challenge of his life", Philips, 32, said he needed time to think of what could be done involving Burj Khalifa.

His bungee jump bonanza was the equivalent of leaping 16 times the height of the Dubai landmark, the tallest building in the world. Philips jumped from a crane at Dubai Autodrome to raise awareness of breast cancer.

The bouncy Brit began to leap his way into history on Thursday night. He officially broke the record at 10.15am on Friday, when he reached 105 jumps, then carried on to set a new record. "The moment I landed the 106th jump, I was speechless," he said.

Philips had planned to do 200 jumps, but stopped on the 151st jump after suffering aches and pains. "The jumps were aggressive on the body, depending on the wind and the way harness was attached," he said.

He smashed into a tree on his second jump. He also dislocated his little finger on his left hand when it got caught in the harness. But it was put back in place on site at Dubai Autodrome -- and he carried on leaping.

"There is no pain now, but my body feels like how it would after a game of rugby," he added.

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Date:Mar 22, 2014
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