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Army lieutenant breaks back flip record

Nov. 26, 2012 at 2:57 PM

EL PASO, Texas, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- A U.S. Army lieutenant performed 49 back flips at halftime of a University of Texas-El Paso football game to set a Guinness world record.

Second Lt. Jalyessa Walker, 23, a former cheerleader at the school, performed the feat Saturday during halftime of UTEP's game against Rice University to break the record of 35 back flips set by Miranda Ferguson, 16, a Texas high school cheerleader, the El Paso Times reported Monday.

Walker said the total, which will be a world record if approved by Guinness, was one flip short of her goal.

"I wish I didn't run out of room so I could have done 50," Walker said. "As soon as I hit the concrete, I was starting to get tired and scared because I didn't want to fall."

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