The Summer Games have been the biggest sporting event in the world for over a century now. Every athlete in the world wants to achieve Olympic glory and for this they prepare for four years with courage and determination without taking a single break. The Olympics are like a love story, while some become immortal through their performance, others suffer heartache from agonizing seconds and thumbs up. And here we take a look at the top ten Olympic Games records that might never be broken again:
Michael Phelps’ 23 gold medals
Michael Phelps will go down in history as the greatest Olympian. The American legend won a record 28 Olympic medals, including 23 gold medals. Phelps has more of the yellow metal in his pocket than 66 countries in the world, including India, Argentina, Iran, Croatia, Egypt, Indonesia. And maybe, that’s why, it’s safe to say that Phelps’ record will stand still for decades to come.
China, table tennis and 53 medals
Table tennis is China’s national sport and they have become synonymous with the game with their dominant table tennis performances over the years. China has established itself as the powerhouse of table tennis, comfortably sweeping the gold medal tally in the last three Olympic Games. China have won a staggering 53, including 22 gold medals since the inclusion of table tennis in the Olympics at the 1988 Games in Seoul. No other country has ever dominated any sport at the Olympics like China has dominated table tennis.
Nadia Comaneci’s Perfect Routine
Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci is often credited with popularizing gymnastics around the world. The five-time Olympic gold medalist made history for the 1976 Summer Games after registering a perfect routine to collect ten points. After that, she recorded the same perfect routine six more times and collected ten. Even though gymnastics is all about perfection, no other gymnast in the world has been able to achieve what Comaneci did at the Olympics. And it’s safe to say that his record will remain high for years to come.
The 239 medals of the United States at the 1904 Games
At the 1904 St. Louis Summer Games, the US contingent made history by winning a record 239 medals, including 78 gold, 82 silver and 79 bronze. A country’s second most dominant performance came at the 1980 Moscow Games, when the Soviet Union won 195 medals in the heavily boycotted event.
Florence Griffith-Joyner’s 100m in 10.62s
American track and field athlete Florence Griffith Joyner is an inspiration to many aspiring Olympic athletes. The ace sprinter recorded an untouchable feat at the 1988 Summer Olympics after finishing her 100m run in just 10.62 seconds. Even today, his record is high among the plethora of other records. That same year, she also set another record after completing her 200m sprint in a record 21.34 seconds. And he’s been undefeated for 30 years now.
Bob Beamon’s 29-foot, 2-1 / 2-inch long jump
It’s been fifty years since long jump GOAT Bob Beamon made history by jumping an incredible 29 feet and two and a half inches at the 1968 Olympics to make his name history. Even today, his record remains high.
13-year-old American diver Marjorie Gestring takes gold
At the Berlin Olympics in 1936, American diver Marjorie Gestring won gold in the three-meter springboard at the age of thirteen. She is the youngest Olympian to win a gold medal at the Summer Games.
Exhibition for the gold medal of Kwon Jongryul and Arianne Cerdena in 1988
Kwon Jongryul and Arianne Cerdena are the only two players to win a gold medal in bowling in both men’s and women’s matches. And it’s going to stay that way, mainly because it’s the only year bowling made the Olympic Cup.
Ian Millar’s 10 consecutive Olympic appearances
At the London 2012 Games, Canadian rider Ian Millar made history by becoming the first-ever athlete to make ten consecutive Olympic appearances.
Dimitrios Loundras is the youngest confirmed Olympian to win a gold medal at the Summer Games. Loundras won his first medal (bronze) at the 1896 Athens Olympics in a team event in gymnasts – at the time he was only 10 years old.
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