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Flintoff hails Sport Relief victory

It started as something of a sticky wicket for Andrew Flintoff, but the former cricket star has successfully completed his Sport Relief challenge by bagging 14 bizarre world records in 12 hours.

The ex-England captain achieved a series of near-misses during Monday morning, narrowly failing a reverse bungee jump attempt and a three-point turn challenge by 3cm.

But he finally pulled through later on, achieving his 14th Guinness World Record of the day by popping the most party poppers ever popped in one minute - 52.

His 13 other records included: Fastest time to drink a hot chocolate (5.45 seconds); Most Facebook likes in one hour (52,719) and fastest 100 metres on a pedalo (1 minute 58.62 seconds) which he achieved with fellow cricketer Steve Harmison.

Flintoff also managed the most kisses in 30 seconds (40) - a record he broke live on air in the Loose Women studio; Most peas eaten with a cocktail stick in 30 seconds (38); Most people popping party poppers together (420); Fastest time to high-five 20 people blindfolded (6.53 seconds); Most cricket deliveries faced in one minute (19), helped by fellow sport star Gary Lineker and McFly's Harry Judd;

The final list of records included the fastest three-point turn in a car (14.01 seconds), after failing his first attempt by two seconds on Monday morning; Fastest zorb over 100 metres (26.59 seconds); Most hot dogs made in one minute (9); Longest distance to throw a bullseye in darts (5.05 metres) and most lemons caught while blindfolded in one minute (20), again with Harmison.

The triumph followed a glorious failure live on ITV1's This Morning, when he attempted to wrap presenter Holly Willoughby in newspaper in three minutes and seven seconds. He struggled to find the end of the roll of sticky tape, costing him valuable seconds as co-host Phillip Schofield hid his head in his hands.

The former cricket captain spent the day dashing around London to complete the BT Sport Relief Challenge: Flintoff's Record Breakers. Highlights will be shown during the Sport Relief night broadcast on BBC1 on Friday March 23.

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