Olympic wrestling legend shatters strange Guinness World Record

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Saori Yoshida, who owns a record 16 combined Olympic and world wrestling titles, recently added a much stranger accolade.

The Japanese sports legend shattered the Guinness World Record for most balloons burst by sitting in one minute.

Yoshida, a 35-year-old who last competed in Rio and is assumed to be retired, popped 123 balloons on a Japanese TV show, according to Guinness. As of Jan. 26, the record had been 95 balloons.

Video of Yoshida’s record is here.

Yoshida went into the Rio Olympics looking to become the first woman to win an individual gold medal at four Olympics. She was upset by American Helen Maroulis in the final, in tears wearing the silver medal on the podium.

Yoshida is among the most famous female athletes in Japan, which hosts the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Fellow wrestler Kaori Icho, less of a celebrity, did earn that unprecedented fourth individual gold earlier in the Rio Games.

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