It was all for naught. After attempting to break the Guinness World Record for backflips, 16-year-old Atlanta student Mikayla Clark thought she broke the record after performing 44 back handsprings back to back along her high school track. But the record books haven’t recognized her achievement.
A spokesman for the renowned record book told The New York Daily News that a Guinness World Records rep “was not there to verify,” meaning that Clark’s record is invalid.
Several news outlets reported that Clark did indeed break the record, but now they’ll have to back pedal. According to Guinness the actual backflip record is held by a woman in Texas.
“Another woman from Texas bested this by doing 53 back handsprings,” the spokesperson said, but it hasn’t been publicized because it will air on a t.v. special this fall in the U.K.