A list of crazy Olympic records and moments
In sporting activities, a great record is one that lasts for decades without being beaten, regardless of the introduction of brand-new idols and also technological advancement.
In any kind of sport, besides the unbiased triumph, there is always a look for conquering. For a professional athlete, breaking a record implies exceeding a limit, achieving the impossible, defeating, a lot of times, himself.
It’s Greater than a spot on the podium, setting a new mark to be defeated is the solution to all the effort and also sacrifices of the training. It’s the closest one can get to being immortal. Not least due to the fact that some success withstands for so long that they may never ever fall.
With this in mind, we will now reveal to you some records that have not yet been broken as well as an amusing situation that we think you will delight in reading.
Here are some records that we think will never be broken and one that got broken right after
Was he jumping or flying?
The oldest Olympic record still standing is in the men’s long jump. It will be hard for anyone to beat the 8.90 meters held by American Bob Beamon at the 1968 Games.
Held at the altitude of Mexico City, where the air is thin and offers less resistance, the new mark was 55 centimeters higher than the previous one.
Only in 1991 was it surpassed, but not in an Olympic Games. At the Tokyo World Championships, Mike Powell, also from the United States, flew to 8.95 meters.
Fastest woman that has ever lived
The two fastest races in women’s Olympic athletics have had the same name at the top since 1988: Florence Griffith-Joyner.
The records that the American woman set in the 100 and 200 meters (10.62 and 21.34 seconds, respectively) at the Seoul Games are waiting for a female version of Usain Bolt to be broken, something that seems unlikely to happen in the coming years – as an idea, in 2012, Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the Olympic title with a time 13 hundredths slower than the record.
Besides the medals, Flo-Jo’s brilliant career was also marked by frequent questioning about doping, something that was never proven.
She died in 1998, at the age of 38, by accidental asphyxiation as a result of an epileptic seizure.
This record did not last very long
The Olympic record that lasted the shortest was pulverized in less time than it took you to read this sentence – 1 second and 12 hundredths to be precise.
It was at the women’s pentathlon in Munich in 1972 that West German Heide Rosendahl got that taste that didn’t last long.
It happened like this: after competing in the 100m hurdles, the weight throw, the high jump, and the long jump, the German came out on top in the 200m dash, setting an Olympic record with 4,791 points.
But 1’12 seconds later, Britain’s Mary Peters crossed the finish line in 6th and took the candy (and the record) out of Rosendahl’s mouth with 4,801 points.
In fact, the West German didn’t even have time to realize that she had broken (and lost) the Olympic (and world) record.