- Amerikanki Jessi Combs postumno je priznat novi Guinnessov svjetski rekord “najbrže žene na svijetu”. Rekord je osvojila vožnjom vozila na mlazni pogon brzinom većom od 841 kilometra na sat, u pustinji Alvord u Oregonu, 27. kolovoza 2019. godine, stoji na službenoj stranici. Combs je time postala prva žena koja je srušila ranije postignut i 40 godina čuvan rekord američke kaskaderke Kitty O’Neil koja je vozila 825 kilometara na sat.
Rušenje rekorda amerikanku je koštalo života. Combs je u vozilu “North American Eagle” doživjela nesreću u kojoj je preminula od posljedica ozljede glave i zapaljenja vozila. Njezino je vozilo zakazalo zbog “mehaničkog zatajenja na prednjem kotaču, a pretpostavlja se da je to bila posljedica sudara vozila s nekim predmetom u pustinji”, stoji u rješenju kriminalističke istrage.
Njezin partner Terry L. Madden na Instagramu je napisao da nijedan rekord nije vrijedan toga što Combs više nema, ali je objasnio i da zna koliko je težila ostvarenju svog cilja te da se ponosi. Upozorio je medije da ne šire lažne vijesti o nesreći te da provjere izvore.
Combs je bila poznata i kao televizijska voditeljica “Mythbustersa” i “All Girls Garage” te prva žena koja se natjecala u automobilskoj utrci “The Race of Gentlemen”.
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#rememberthetime I was woke up Monday by a reporter from the London Times telling me that @guinnessworldrecords would be releasing today that @thejessicombs had officially broke her world landspeed record. I really don’t know how I feel about this at all as no record could ever be worth her not being here, but it was a goal that she really wanted – and as hard as it is for me to even look at the car without crying. I’m so proud of her. She woke up that morning to an alarm saying “lets make history” and we had an absolutely amazing day. On the morning run she broke her previous top speeds and we went back to the trailer and had a long heart to heart – she had a few things that were bothering us safety wise and I told her I would support her no matter what she decided to do. That afternoon we booked a house in Lake Tahoe for the next night, and she decided she was going to run that one last afternoon run to back up her record and then walk away from it for good and let her back up driver go for the overall world record instead of her. That was to be the last time she ever got in that car. It has torn me apart that all I had todo is say let’s go and we would have left before that run, she asked my opinion and I told her Togo for it if it was what she wanted. That conversation has torn me apart everyday since the accident. . On her final record run- the front wheel assembly failed and as she decelerated just past the end of the run, it came apart and went up into the electronics/mechanical bay behind her seat and caused the accident. There was nothing that she could do and she did everything perfect. I don’t know that this is anyone’s business and it has been hard for me to talk about, but I have been asked about several false narratives lately that she had done something wrong and I can’t live with anyone saying that anymore. I was in the safety vehicle beside her as she was slowing down when the accident happened, I watched the accident live as well as the onboard footage that was recovered. I can 100% tell you beyond any doubt that she did everything exactly as she was supposed to. . #missyababe #myjessi #landspeed #jessicombs #worldrecord #guinness