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Jon Bruney, pastor of Zion Missionary Church in Fremont, and his wife, Amy, hold their Guinness World Records certificate.

Fremont pastor, wife reap glory of Guinness World Records

A Fremont pastor and his music-teacher wife will appear in the next edition of the Guinness World Records after smashing one odd world record on television Thursday night.

Jon Bruney, pastor of Zion Missionary Church, and his wife, Amy, appeared on “Guinness World Records Unleashed” on the cable network truTV, setting a mark recognized by the Guinness World Records for having a person skip rope on a bed of nails resting on top of another person.

Bruney placed a 125-pound board with 3,000 nails driven through it on his chest and stomach, and his wife skipped rope on top of the board.

To set the record, Amy Bruney had to skip a rope at least 70 times. She skipped rope 117 times, easily breaking the old record.

Bruney puts on inspirational strong-man shows around the country a handful of times each year, performing stunts such as driving nails with his bare hand, tearing phone books in half and snapping chains wrapped around his chest.

He and his wife do the board-of-nails trick as part of those shows, but she has never skipped the rope more than 50 times.

That’s what made the record attempt particularly dangerous, he said.

“I told her, ‘Don’t stop, no matter what you hear below.’ I actually got the wind knocked out of me. The rest of the week, my ribs were sore.”

He described his wife as “gassed” after skipping rope 117 times.

The stunt was filmed last June in California, but the Bruneys were bound by a nondisclosure agreement to tell no one about the results until the show was televised.

“It’s been very hard to not say anything,” Bruney said. He’ll get to announce the results of his record try to his congregation Sunday.

Bruney said he had seen videos of the attempt, but it’s a lot different in the studio, “where you can hear the impact and see the sweat.”

Bruney holds other world records, but this is the first officially certified by Guinness judges. The record will appear in the next edition of the book, which comes out in December.

Bruney said he has plenty of other possible world records in mind, but he won’t say what they are.

“We have a lot more world records in us,” he said.

fgray@jg.net

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