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Top 10 Best World Records at the Olympics

It is superb how a lot energy the thoughts has over the physique—when an outdated document is damaged, the brand new world document offers one other technology of Olympic athletes a normal to beat. So even when it appears as if we'll ultimately attain a ceiling for world data and max out our physique, there'll all the time be another person who will attempt to beat it. And so they'll ultimately succeed

Alexander Karelin

He is a Russian tremendous heavy weight Greco-Roman wrestler and he is universally generally known as the best heavyweight wrestler to ever dwell. 

He was so dominant that it led to his competitors and the world's media nicknaming him “The Experiment,” implying that somebody like him could not have come about naturally, and that he was some form of Russian science experiment.

He was within the Olympics 4 separate occasions and gained gold medals three of these occasions and silver as soon as.  He's the one three-time gold medal winner in his sport.  He was undefeated for 13 years straight and went 10 years in a row with out permitting even a single level to be scored towards him.

Bob Beamon’s 29 ft and a couple of 1/2-inch lengthy soar

U.S. Olympian Bob Beamon set an extended soar distance document on the 1968 Olympics in Mexico Metropolis that has but to be damaged in Olympic competitors. For perspective, 23 years handed earlier than Beamon’s mark was out-jumped by Mike Powell, who notched a world document leap of 29 ft and four 1/four inches on the World Championships in Athletics in Tokyo in 1991. This was not an Olympic soar, nonetheless. And on that word — the furthest lengthy soar on the 2012 London Video games was made by Nice Britain’s Greg Rutherford, who managed a comparatively paltry 27 ft and three inches.

Michael Phelps’ 18 gold medals


Phelps also called “The Baltimore Bullet” collected six gold and two bronze medals within the pool on the 2004 Video games in Athens, Greece; eight gold medals on the 2008 Video games in Beijing, China; and 4 gold and two silver medals on the 2012 Olympic Video games in London, UK. After the 2012 video games Phelps retired however later got here out of retirement to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Video games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil the place he gained 5 gold medals and one silver.


Eighteen gold medals in three Olympics. That’s six golds per cycle and fairly presumably extra within the offing in Rio. The following closest Olympian to Phelps' mark is Soviet(!) gymnast Larisa Latynina, who chalked up 9 golds for the Soviets within the 1950s and 1960s. Her 18 complete medals come the closest to difficult Phelps’ 22 general Olympic medals. So yeah, the one particular person breaking Phelps’ gold rely is Phelps

Ian Millar’s 10 consecutive Olympic appearances


In 2012, the then 65-year-old Canadian equestrian rider Ian Millar set an Olympic document by making his 10th look within the Olympic Video games — a streak that started again in 1972, on the ill-fated Summer time Video games in Munich. Solely two different Olympians have made 9 appearances: 53-year-old Slovenian sharpshooter Rajmond Debevec, who has eight video games beneath his belt however didn't obtain a bid for a ninth look in Rio. Satirically, Millar is not going to be making his 11th Olympic look in Rio resulting from an damage to his horse that may require surgical procedure.

Florence Griffith-Joyner’s 10.62 second 100-meter sprint


I consider this one will go down, ultimately. However till it does, Florence Griffith-Joyner’s 10.62 100-meter sprint time is the unbreakable Rock of Gibraltar in ladies’s sprinting. Set on the 1988 Video games in Seoul, Flo-Jo’s greatest non-wind-aided time of 10.62 has solely been swiped at in Olympic competitors. The following closest bid for the ladies’s 100-meter Olympic throne got here from Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who ran a 10.75 in London in 2012. If anybody’s going to go the late nice Flo-Jo within the subsequent couple years, it’s Fraser-Pryce or 17-year-old phenom Candace Hill, who ran a 10.98 on the age of 16 final 12 months.

13-year-old U.S. diver Marjorie Gestring wins gold


13 years outdated. 13. American diver Marjorie Gestring gained gold within the three-meter spring board three years earlier than most of us may drive a automobile, and she or he did so whereas competing in entrance of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi celebration on the Berlin Olympics in 1936. Take into consideration that the subsequent time you have fun an egg hatching in Pokemon Go.

1995 – The British Kangaroo

Triple soar, males – Jonathan Edwards – 18.29 metres

It doesn’t all the time take a big margin to create a brand new document, a notion properly understood by British triple jumper Jonathan Edwards. On July 18, 1995, Edwards broke the mark of 17.97 metres held by American Willie Banks by a single centimetre. He then confirmed his dominance of the occasion by twice beating his personal world document within the following weeks. On the world championships in Gothenburg, Sweden on August 7, he turned the primary to surpass 18 metres, leaping 18.16 on his first try within the last. He did even higher on his second try, setting the present mark at 18.29 metres to complete 67cm forward of the runner-up. Within the 22 years since, the closest challenger to the world document has been Christian Taylor who jumped 18.21 metres on the 2015 World Championships in Beijing.

2003 – Marathon Lady

Marathon, ladies – Paula Radcliffe – 2:15:25

Throughout the London Marathon on April 13, 2003, British dwelling favorite Paula Radcliffe set the ladies’s marathon world document when she coated the 42.195km course in 2 hours, 15 minutes and 25 seconds. It broke her earlier world document, set simply six months earlier in Chicago, by virtually two minutes. In 2011, Radcliffe was in hazard of shedding her document when the Worldwide Affiliation of Athletics Federations (IAAF) dominated that ladies’s data wanted to be set in women-only races. Within the 2003 London Marathon, Radcliffe had adopted male pacemakers. However there was such an outcry over her outstanding time being lowered to a “world greatest” that the IAAF reversed its resolution and saved the world document on the books. On the London Marathon in April 2017, Kenya’s Mary Keitany ran 2:17:01 to set the world document in a women-only race.

The Quickest Man on Earth

100m and 200m, males – Usain Bolt – 9.58 seconds and 19.19 seconds

Usain Bolt crosses the end line to setting a brand new World Document as he wins the Males’s 200m last through the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, 2009 (AP Photograph/David J. Pillip, File)

One can’t write about athletics’ world data with out mentioning the quickest man on earth, Usain Bolt. The Jamaican sprinter has held the world data in each the 100 metres (9.58 seconds) and 200 metres (19.19 seconds) for the reason that 2009 World Championships in Berlin. It was the third time Bolt had lowered the 100m mark, taking an unbelievable 0.11 of a second off the time he had run to win gold at Beijing 2008. He dropped the identical period of time from the 200m world document he had additionally run on the Olympic Video games the 12 months prior. Can he go even sooner? Is 9.40 seconds within the 100m attainable? He’ll take another shot at it on the world championships in London in August.

2012 – Breaking an Unbreakable Document

4x100m relay, ladies – Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight, Carmelita Jeter – 40.82 seconds

The ladies’s 4x100m document set at London 2012 by Workforce USA runners Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight, and Carmelita Jeter had a huge impact on the historical past of the ladies’s 4x100m relay because it erased a world document that dated again to October 6, 1985. The quartet took greater than half a second off the mark set by an East German foursome at a meet in Canberra, Australia that had been one of many longest-standing operating data on the monitor. It had additionally been a document appeared at with a lot suspicion for the reason that athletics world turned conscious of systematic state-sponsored doping by East Germany within the 1980s.

2014 – Czar Dethroned

Pole vault, males – Renaud Lavillenie – 6.16 metres

In 1984, Sergei Bubka had already damaged the pole vault world document thrice when he met up with the final man to carry the worldwide commonplace, Frenchman Thierry Vigneron, in Rome on August 31. For only a few moments, Vigneron reclaimed the world document at 5.91 metres, solely to see Bubka soar 5.94 metres. That was the final time that anybody aside from Bubka would maintain the world document for 3 many years. In July 1985, the Ukrainian turned the primary to clear 6 metres. Over the years, he saved pushing the bar to new heights, ultimately reaching 6.14 metres in July 1994 along with his 17th world document. Twenty years later, alongside got here one other Frenchman, Renaud Lavillenie. Competing in Bubka’s dwelling nation, he amazed the athletics world along with his vault of 6.16 metres.

2014 – Quickest Official Marathon

Marathon, males – Dennis Kimetto – 2:02:57

Dennis Kimetto from Kenya poses for media after the winners ceremony of the 41st Berlin Marathon in Berlin, Germany, 2014. (AP Photograph/Markus Schreiber)

It was at the 2014 Berlin Marathon that Kenya’s Dennis Kipruto Kimetto accomplished the 42.195km race in 2 hours 2 minutes 57 seconds to develop into the primary marathoner to ever break the two hour Three minute barrier on a record-eligible course. Six of the 10 quickest marathons in historical past which are acknowledged by the IAAF have been run in Berlin.

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Genzebe Dibaba reaches the unreacheable

 1500m, ladies – Genzebe Dibaba – 3:50.07

Genzebe Dibaba is one other athletic icon who erased a mark that was lengthy seen as unbeatable. At 24 years outdated, through the IAAF Diamond League occasion on July 17, 2015, in Monaco, Dibaba established the brand new world document within the 1500m with a time of three:50.07. Each 100 metres, she saved and even surpassed her tempo to beat the earlier document of three:50.46 which had been established in 1993 by China’s Qu Yunxia. If the race is a matter of rhythm, properly the Ethiopian definitely controls the music since she delivered one of the crucial spectacular performances in ladies’s athletics for the final 12 years.

1991 — Powell-Lewis Conflict

Lengthy soar, males – Mike Powell – 8.95 metres

For 23 years, nobody had been capable of contact Bob Beamon’s lengthy soar document of 8.90 metres that he had set within the skinny air at Mexico Metropolis 1968. However that every one modified on August 30, 1991. On the earth championship last in Tokyo, Carl Lewis and Mike Powell produced maybe the best lengthy soar competitors ever. After Lewis jumped 8.91 metres on his fourth try, albeit wind-aided, Powell adopted up with a wind-legal 8.95 metre effort on his fifth try, setting a document that has now stood longer than Beamon’s. Within the years since, the closest anybody has come is the 8.74 metres jumped by Erick Walder in April 1994 and Dwight Phillips in June 2009.

1992 – Hurdles No Impediment for “Spiderman”

400m hurdles, males – Kevin Younger – 46. 79 seconds

Kevin Younger had completed fourth within the 400m hurdles at each the 1988 Olympic Video games and the 1991 World Championships however was prepared for his breakout second at Barcelona 1992. He had labored to repair his stride sample to keep away from late-race fatigue. In the Olympic last, he had every part working for him and was shortly away from the sector, crossing the end line in 46.78 seconds. He was the primary 400m hurdler to clock a time beneath 47 seconds and broke the mark that had been set by the legendary Edwin Moses in 1983. As some extent of comparability, the highest time in the 400m hurdles at Rio 2016 was 47.73 seconds by one other American, Kerron Clement.

1993 — Sotomayor Soars in Salamanca

Excessive soar, males – Javier Sotomayor – 2.45 metres

For 24 years and counting, Javier Sotomayor has been holding the excessive soar world document. It was in July 1993 in Salamanca, Spain that the leggy Cuban jumped over the bar set at 2.45 metres, succeeding in his second try on the top. It was in that very same place 5 years earlier that he had first set the world document at 2.43 metres, however then was unable to compete at Seoul 1988 due to his nation’s boycott. In July 1989 he had been the primary man to clear 8 ft along with his metric soar of two.44 metres. He lastly made his Olympic debut at Barcelona 1992 the place he gained the gold medal. As an indication of his dominance, contemplate that there are 12 males in historical past, together with Canada’s Derek Drouin, who have mixed to clear 2.40 metres 41 occasions. Sotomayor has performed it 17 of these occasions. Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim has come closest to matching the world document, leaping 2.43 metres in September 2014.

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