The 400-year-old bridge that spans the River Neretve in the Yugoslavian town of Mostar was the focal point once again on July 27 for a dare-devil event which has become an integral part of Bosnia's national day celebrations.
GV Crowd near Mostar Bridge and along river banks. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Competitor jumping off bridge into river.
SV PAN Competitor diving.
SV PAN Another competitor diving.
LV PAN Competitor dropping feet first into river.
SV PAN Another competitor jumping feet first.
SV Judges showing score.
GV & SV Last year's winner Emir Balic jumping and swimming to shore.
SV PAN Zia Valbone, only woman contestant diving from bridge and swimming to shore. (2 SHOTS)
TV Spectators applaud.
SV Competitor doing swallow jump.
SV Man jumps off rooftop feet first into river.
TV Crowd on bank applaud as winner Jadranme Fink swims to shore after jump.
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Background: The 400-year-old bridge that spans the River Neretve in the Yugoslavian town of Mostar was the focal point once again on July 27 for a dare-devil event which has become an integral part of Bosnia's national day celebrations. It's known as the Mostar Bridge-jumping Competition and generally attracts youths from all over the province, eager to show their skill and courage by jumping or diving from the highest point of the bridge. The contest is divided into two sections, allowing competitors to make the 30-metre (100-foot) drop either head-first or feet-first. This year a woman competitor took the plunge for the first time. Zia Valbone chose to go down head first, to the delight of the spectators. Possibly the best-known jumper of the day was 49-year-old Emir Balic who has won the contest ten years in succession. But this year he was outclassed. Mate Zelenika from Mostar won the feet-first section with another native of the town, Jadranme Fink, winning the head-first title. One jumper decided to be even more reckless than the others and made his leap from the top of riverside building, just slightly higher than the bridge. The Mostar bridge was built by Turks during their occupation of the region 400 years ago.