World “Firsts” in Sports History

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Sporting events unite people of all ages and cultures from different parts of the world and can often make history due to their unpredictable nature. One such great moment was on July 18, 1976, when Nadia Comaneci, a Romanian gymnast, scored a perfect 10 on the uneven bars in the Montreal Olympics and became the first person in history to achieve this score in any Olympic Games. In fact, the Olympic scoreboard was not set to present such a score because it was believed that a perfect ten is an impossible score, so the score appeared as 1.0, leaving Comaneci and the crowd very confused for a few seconds. This article outlines similar achievements in sporting history, compiled from various sources.

Michael Phelps in the Olympic Games

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Phelps is branded the Olympian of all time and has set many records in the swimming competition. His first world record was in 2001 at the age of 15 years where he also emerged as the youngest male swimmer. He broke the 400m free world record which was first held by Thorpe. His ability again appeared in 2003 when he became the first swimmer in US sports history to win three strokes (200 free, 200back, and 100fly) in just one national meet. His most significant achievement was realized in 2008 where he won eight gold medals in the Olympics held in Beijing, China. Out of the eight records, Phelps still held seven of them as of 14th January 2014.

Jim Hines Breaking the 10 Seconds Barrier

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Each season of the Olympics is bound to entertain fans with a new historical record, and the 1968 Summer Olympics hosted in Mexico was no different. It was on that significant day when the African-American sprinter Jim Hines, made his name in the history books as the fastest man on earth after breaking the 10-seconds record in the 100m race. He completed his race in 9.95, seconds and set a new world record. Hines went ahead to set another record in the four by 100m race when he ran his part for only 8.2 seconds.

The Usain Bolt’s 100-Meter Race Record

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It became harder and harder to break the 10-seconds barrier in a 100-meter race, and recently many thought that it would even be impossible, but since it was broken by Jim Hines who completed it in 9.98 seconds, many more world records followed. The current world record for the first man to finish the race in 9.58 seconds is held by the 26-year-old famous Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, a record which he set in 2009. He is still young and has two or more chances to break his record. For now, he is the fastest runner s in the world.

Pele – Athlete of the Century

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All strikers dream of being their team’s top goal scorer, but few achieve that status. Brazilian hero Pele, however, set the world record for the highest amount of goals scored in a career – 760 official goals and a total of 1,281 overall. Modern-day football fans often associate him with current stars such as Lionel Messi or Christiano Ronaldo, but these two have not yet come close to breaking Pele’s record. He was named Athlete of the Century by Reuters in 1999 and is still considered to be the best soccer player of all time.

Miracle on Ice Historical Victory

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This is yet another historical event witnessed in the men’s ice hockey tournament that was held in New York. It was during 1980 Winter Olympics when that kind of unbelievable victory for the United States over their much favored Soviet Union, stirred up a long-lasting feeling in the fans. The Soviet Union team had many professional players with numerous years of experience and were four times defending champions. They had won four of their previous games and their head coach, Herb Brooks, knew for sure that it was another great day for him. On the contrary, the United States team consisted of amateur players, some of whom were taking part in the competition for the first time. However, against all the odds U.S won making it the most iconic win in the U.S games history.

The Winning Streak That Changed Basketball

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Winning a big title is difficult enough for even the most talented sportspeople, but maintaining that title is a huge challenge. However, NBA player Bill Russell managed a total of 11 victories in the 13 seasons he participated in – smashing the previous record of six victories. It’s unlikely that anyone will be able to break Russell’s record any time soon, as current players would have to extend their career well beyond the usual retirement age to do so.

Bob Beamon in 1968 Olympics

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It was the record-breaking long jump by Bob Beamon that shocked the world. He forced the judges to go manual in measuring his jump as he jumped a length beyond the measuring capacity of the optical equipment that was in place, jumping for 8.90 m (29 ft 2 1⁄4 in). Judges took well over 15 minutes to announce a clear result from their findings. It was one of the great moments in sports judging from how he reacted. In fact, one of the journalists described him as “the man who saw lightning.” His extraordinary long jump was 2 feet beyond the world record, which remained unbroken for two decades.

Keystone photographer Douglas Miller won First Prize with this picture in the Sports Section of the “World Press Photographic” Competition. (Photo by Douglas Miller/Keystone/Getty Images)

Mike Powell’s Long Jump

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It was Mike Powell who broke the 23 years old record held by Bob Beamon in the Athletics World Championship held in Tokyo in 1991. He passed the 23-year-old long jump world record by 5 cm, taking it to 8.95m (29 ft 4 in). Powell’s world record still stands today, well over two decades after he wrote his name in the history books as the fourth athlete holding a long jump world record for more than 20 years since 1900. The world is still wondering whether there will be someone able to break this record.

DiMaggio’s Unique Game-Hitting Streak

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No other baseball player has come close to breaking Joe DiMaggio’s consecutive game-hitting record of 56, and anyone that attempts to do so in the future will have to be an outstanding player with incredible stamina. Some of the world’s other famous players have achieved a high number – such as Pete Rose, who reached 44 in 1978, and Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins, who both reached 30 – but these are overshadowed by DiMaggio, who was simply one of a kind.

In the picture: (Original Caption) 7/18/1941-Cleveland, OH: Joe DiMaggio, slugging outfielder of the New York Yankees, makes a pair of ‘duck eggs’ with his fingers to indicate that for the first time in 57 consecutive games he has gone hitless. The end of the amazing series of hit games came against the Cleveland Indians at Cleveland yesterday. DiMaggio went to bat four times, failed to get the ball past the infielders three times and walked once. His record of hits in 56 consecutive games is expected to stand for many moons.

Zinedine Zidane in Champions League

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Zinedine Zidane made his name in the world’s football history, winning a hat-trick of the champions’ league title as the Real Madrid CF coach. He is definitely a master coach of his time, who led his team in 2016, 2017, and 2018 finals, all of which he won. It is no doubt that Real Madrid is one of the toughest football clubs to coach, where much is expected from the coach whenever players are on the pitch. Losing a match for the team is unacceptable and in any case, the manager’s performance would be criticized. Nonetheless, Zidane’s management was marvelous. His latest win in 2018 was probably the most thrilling with his side beating the opponents (Liverpool) 3-1.

Boris Becker 1985 Wimbledon Victory

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A 17-year-old German international, Boris Becker, hit the headline for the first time when he unbelievably won the warm-up event in 1985. His very first win received lots of praises with commentators declaring that Boris would be the future of the game. Little did they know that his very first win would steer him into the ultimate price ahead. Following his success, he qualified for his first ever Grand Slam tournament although not so many had hopes in him being the novice player he was. His victory over his experienced opponent, Kevin Curren, will remain one of the greatest in Wimbledon.

In the picture: Boris Becker of Germany kisses the Gentleman’s trophy to celebrate his victory over Kevin Curren during the Men’s Singles final of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship on 7 July 1985. It was Becker’s 1st career Grand Slam title and his 1st Wimbledon title.

The Baseball Giant

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Cal Ripken Jr has a record of playing 2,632 consecutive games in major baseball leagues. He is the one who broke the record of 2,130 consecutive games played which was previously held by Lu Gehrig for 56 years. Apart from breaking the record, he also has another record as the player who has enjoyed 555 games winning streak. Baseball as a game demands a lot from the body and it is just amazing how Cal has stood up and made his name in the history book.

Ali Taking the Boxing King Down

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This historical match that the world would never forget saw a 32-year-old boxer, Muhammad Ali, defeating the much-favored George Foreman, for the championship. Foreman was at the top of his career having won 40 consecutive matches, so it comes as no surprise that everyone was expecting him to win this one as well. However, Ali fought on and took the match to the eighth round where he managed to get an epic victory ending Foreman’s winning streak.

In the picture: Date October 30, 1974: Muhammad Ali lands a left hook knocking out George Foreman during the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ fight at the Mai 20 Stadium on October 30, 1974, in Kinshasa, Zaire. Muhammad Ali won WBC heavyweight title and the WBA World heavyweight title W KO 8. (Photo by The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)

The Match-Winning Catch

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In the history of the American Football, there is no any other catch witnessed like the one taken by the Dwight Clark in the dying minutes of the match which gave his side, 49ers, win over the Cowboy. Clark’s 6-yard touchdown pass from Joe Montana with 58 seconds left in the game helped the Niners defeat the Cowboys in the NFC Championship on Jan. 10, 1982. The 49ers advanced to Super Bowl XVI and defeated the Bengals to win their first championship.

After his death, Clark’s ashes have been buried in Montana next to the goal post from the Candlestick Park end zone where he made “The Catch” famous.

In the Picture: (Original Caption) San Francisco 49ers Dwight Clark (87, WR), goes up in the air in the end zone for the game-tying touchdown pass from Qb Joe Montana to set up the PAT which beat the Dallas Cowboys to give the 49ers their first NFC Championship and Super Bowl berth. At right is Cowboys Michael Downs (26, S) and at right Everson Walls (24, CB). (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Shot Heard ‘Round the World

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It was a baseball match between the Dodgers and Giants who were bitter rivals of that time – this match held in 1951 went down in history in baseball books. Bobby Thompson was the man who made news headlines for leading his team to a victory with his extraordinary shot which shocked the world. His team, the Giants, were trailing 4-1 behind the Dodgers in the bottom of the 9th innings, and it is needless to say that fans were preparing themselves for the Giants’ loss. That was when Thompson took a match-winning shot, giving the Giants a 5-4 victory.

In the picture: (Original Caption) 10/3/1951-New York, NY- Bobby Thomson, surrounded by excited and worshipping fans, runs for the Giant dressing room after his pennant-winning homer in today’s game. With the Dodgers leading 4 to 2 in the ninth inning, Thomson hit a homer with two men on base to give the Giants a 5-4 victory and the National League pennant.

Wayne Gretzky the NHL Player of All Time

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History has it that Wayne Gretzky is an NHL player of a kind having scored 2857 points, 1963 assists, and 894 goals, in his entire career. The weight of his achievement may not be clear until he is compared with his fellow players in the same sport. He leads Mark Messier, who trails behind him with 1887 points. Wayne leads with almost double the points Messier had, keeping in mind that Messier played 300 games more than Wayne. He played up to an old age of 38-years, maintaining an average point per game of 1.92 compared to rest who hand their boots at an average of 1.10 points per game or less.

Emil Zatopek the Long Distance Runner

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Emil Zatopek achieved what no one has ever achieved and it seems that no one will ever break that record. He first set 18 world records in the 1752 Olympics held in Helsinki. He won the 5,000 m, 10,000 m, and marathon races setting the world’s new record. He tried the marathon race for the very first time and won, setting yet another Olympic record. His record still stands despite of the various attempts that have been made by other athletes to break it.

Manchester United’s Dominance of the Premier League

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Manchester United is an English football club which has dominated the name of football ever since they became known as the “Red Devils”. The club has been successful 12 years out of the possible 19 years where they were the champions. For a team to dominate a football league that significantly, it must be the combined work of the players and managers, and this was made clear as their manager at that time, Sir Alex Ferguson, will go down in football history as the most successful manager for a single club.

Sri Lanka’s 1996 Win in the Cricket World Cup

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At the time when the country soldiered on to win this famous legendary title, the country was at its most unstable state, affected by civil war in different parts of the country. It was merely known as a poverty-stricken country with neither experience nor prior success in the game of Cricket. The team was poorly managed and suffered from a lack of funds with unfairly paid players. However, through their determination, style of play, and overall positivity, they worked hard to beat big teams such as India, England, and Australia to get their legendary win against all odds.

Nolan Ryan’s No-Hitters Record

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A pitcher can gain fame and retire from the career without making even a single no-hitter. However, Nolan Ryan wrote his name in history books by throwing a total of 7 no-hitters in his 27-year career. He got two in 1973, one in 1974, one in 1975, and another in 1981, and the rest in his mid-40s playing for the Texas Rangers. Sandy Koufax trails behind him with four no-hitters, but the difference between their no-hitters is unbelievably large. Breaking this record will require a single player to make eight no-hitters – practically impossible.

Roger Banister Breaks the 4-Minute Record

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Whenever a new record is set, it seems impossible to be broken, but that is not the case with Roger Banister. On 7 August, at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, B.C., Bannister, running for England, competed against Australian John Landy in a race billed as “The Miracle Mile.” They were the only two men in the world to have broken the 4-minute barrier. Through his determination and perseverance, he broke the 4-minute barrier setting a new world’s record of 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. After Roger, many men have participated in the same race and completing in under four minutes.

In the picture: The start of the race when Roger Bannister (b. 1929) (third from left) broke the world’s mile record. (Photo by Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

Referee Issuing 36 Red Cards in a Soccer Match

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It is hard to believe that it happened that a single referee, Damian Rubino, issued a total of 36 red cards in a single game, dismissing all the players, substitutes and coaches. The game was between Claypole and Victoriano Arenas in the Argentine fifth division. his profession as a soccer referee. With the law governing the soccer match, a team should forfeit a game if they are down to seven players on the pitch. It is just unbelievable how Damian managed that, and his story is compared to that of police using red cards to scatter rioters instead of the using riot gears. It seemed that Damian lost the respect of the players and no one listened to him anymore. No one is likely to reach his mark in any sporting environment where everything is under control.

Ron Hunt’s Baseball Record

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Ron Hunt holds a record of walking more than 50 times in a season, which is way above what many major league players can achieve. In 1971 Hunt set a single-season record for being hit by more pitches (50) than any player since 1900.

In the picture: Phillies outfielder Johnny Callison is mobbed by his National League teammates after he hit a ninth-inning home run to break the 4-4 tie in the All-Star game here July 7th, to give the win to the National League by a score of 7-4. Shown left to right in the foreground are Walt Alston, National League manager; winning pitcher Juan Marichal (wearing jacket); Callison; Billy Williams (26), who also homered in the game; and Ron Hunt (33), who singled in the game.

Wilt Chamberlain’s 50-Point Average Streak

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It becomes international news when a single basketball player scores 50 points in one match. But, if a player manages a weekly average score point of 50, it becomes the talk of every sports event. So, if you heard of a single player maintaining an average point per game of 50.4 for the entire season the way Wilt Chamberlain did, then deem it as an insane and unrealistic achievement. His milestone might just as well follow him to his grave as nothing hints that this particular record will be broken any day soon. Maybe fans will still have to see new stars rise and retire for another century before an all-star player is born who can reach the mark.

Don Bradman – The Cricket Master

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Sir (the first cricketer to be knighted in 1949 for his services to cricket) Donald George Bradman (The Don) is an all-time Australian cricketer, who has a record of the highest rated professional player. His achievement of 99.94% is the best rating ever achieved by a sportsman in any major sport. During the 20-years of his career, The Don set many records of topping the score sheet and some of his records still stand today. He retired as an Australian sports idol having won several titles. All of the statistics of him against other players in the cricket games proved him as the best player to ever live.

Jim Thorpe in 1912 Olympic

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At the age of 24, Jim Thorpe had been at the lips of every American, having shown some stunning performances in American Football. When he finally participated in the 1912 Olympic Games, he accomplished what no other participant of his age and experience had before. He took the first place in high jump, discus, 110-meter hurdles, as well as the 1,500-meter run despite the fact that he had no experience in any of the events. He also won the long jump, 200-meter dash, and discuss in Pentathlon. No one has ever exhibited such dominance in Olympics and his record will stand for years.

Rafael Nadal’s Unbelievable Achievements

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Nadal has his name as the first and only left-handers to get the four Grand Slams titles. He won 28 consecutive Grand Slams in 2010 following his 24 earlier wins in 2008. He has another achievement of being one out of two winners of the French Open on their first attempts. His win came in 2005 while Mats Wilander won it in 1982. He is also the first to win the French Open 8 times in the opening era. He ties the record with four other players who have won French Open 4 consecutive times. Nadal’s record also states that he is the first to win at least one out of the four Grand Slams every year for nine consecutive years.

Dan Kolov the Wrestler

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Dan Kolov is a Bulgarian’s International, famously regarded as the best wrestler to ever live. Kolov had an extraordinary physical power and could bend metal rails around his neck. He was hired as a wrestler more often where he showed great skills. Kolov was later managed by Zbishko Kaganovich, who was his coach leading him through 1,500 consecutive victories in wrestling matches and setting a record which is yet to be broken in the world’s wrestling history.

In the picture: A street painter draws the portrait of the famous Bulgarian boxer Kubrat Pulev – Kobra (The Cobra) in support of his fight against the professional heavyweight boxer Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko. Next to The Cobra is the portrait of the legendary Dan Kolov, the first European freestyle wrestling champion from Bulgaria. He won the European gold in 1936 in the championship in Paris. (Photo by NurPhoto/Corbis via Getty Images)

Cy Young’s 746 Complete Baseball Games

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In the way that the game has been redesigned in the modern day, it is clear that the 749 complete games attained by Cy Young will never be broken and no other player will come close to it. Cy Young was born March 29, 1867. For his record to be broken, it requires that a pitcher must pitch not less than 25 games every season over a period of 30 years. As it stands today, a season can see league leaders with only six complete games on average, which implies that they need to play for 125 years – a practically impossible feat. Cy Young died on November 4, 1955.

8 Successive Victories for the Boston Celtics

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The Boston Celtics is a basketball team which has set a record that is certainly hard to break. They have won the NBA championship title 8 consecutive times, being the first team to have ever done so in history.

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Glenn Hall’s Hockey Goal Keeping Record

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In all sports games, many players have shown a bit of consistency in their performance which has sidelined them or worse, being sent to minors or transfer listed. Hockey is such a tough game and evading injuries is something you cannot even imagine is possible. However, Glenn Hall made 502 consecutive goaltending appearances and his name being first in the team sheet.

In the picture: DETROIT, MI – JANUARY 24: Goalie Glenn Hall #1 of the Chicago Blackhawks makes the save on Jack McIntyre #16 of the Detroit Red Wings as Hall’s teammate Dollard St. Laurent #19 helps defend on January 24, 1959, at Olympia Stadium in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by B Bennett/Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)

Michael Jordan’s Historical Shot

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Michael Jordan is a famous basketball player who has piled up many achievements throughout his entire career. He has fought and trained hard for his team and occasionally made some prime winning shots. This particular historical shot was not just another mind-blowing Jordan moment as he achieved a perfect ending to his career – what many legends have neglected to achieve. The game took place on May 7, 1989. His Chicago Bulls had been trailing the Cleveland Cavaliers for the entire duration of the fifth game of the first round of the NBA Playoffs; but with two seconds to go, a Jordan jumper put the Bulls in for the win.

Byron Nelson’s 11-Tournament Win Streak

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Every player hopes for a successful season every time they step foot onto the pitch. It is not only the players who get delighted about a winning streak but also fans who come in large numbers ready to get their adrenaline pumping. It happens more often than not to enjoy two or three tournament wins, but to get to number eleven is completely insane, especially in golf.

In the picture: 30th June 1937: American golfer, Byron Nelson driving off during his match in the Ryder Cup. The USGA repetitive ball-testing machine is named ‘Iron Byron’ after him. He won two Masters, two USPGA and one US Open Championship before WW II intervened. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Jonathan Edwards’ Famous Triple Jump

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Edwards made headlines for securing himself a gold medal in his historic performance at the World Championships. He broke the existing record twice in the same turn within a span of 20 minutes. His first jump saw him break the 18-meter mark by achieving 18.16 m – his new record lasted a measly 20 minutes before he broke it again after jumping a second time. His second jump set a 60-feet difference which still stands today. His name also goes down in history as the first person to set a world record and break it in 20-minutes, setting yet another record.

Marathon World’s Record

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The marathon is a long race that attracts runners from all over the world. The current world record is held by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto, who completed this long race in only 2 hours, 2 minutes, and 57 seconds. The race was held on Sep 28th, 2014 in Berlin. Before him, the record was held by his fellow countryman Wilson Kipsang, who completed the race in 2:03:23. Marathons used to be unique races because of their lack of world records: the distance varied considerably from race to race, making it difficult to time the athletes and keep records. With new adjustments made, the marathon has now become like any other race. This does not make Dennis’ record – still standing as we write – any less remarkable!

10 Consecutive Olympic Appearances by Ian Millar

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For one to make it to the Olympics 10 successive times, it takes more than physical fitness: it takes an extraordinary character and impeccable consistency in his or her performance. Equestrian Ian Millar clearly has what it takes: he completed his tenth consecutive appearance in the 2012 Olympic Games at the age of 65. He is the Olympian with most appearances, a title which he earned 4 decades after his first appearance in the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich. He was set to make his 11th appearance in Rio but unfortunately, his horse suffered from a severe injury that required surgery. His record still stands.

The Last Ever Witnessed Gold Medal Exhibition

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Bowlers Kwon Jong Ryul and Arianne Cerdena’s gold medal show in the 1988 Summer Olympic Games held in Seoul, South Korea, marked the end of such exhibitions ever to be witnessed. Such Olympic performance will never feature again in the Olympic Games as it was the last time bowling was allowed to be among the games. Their record might remain unbroken until the end of time unless the sport finds its way back – which is still a dream.

China’s Dominance of Table Tennis

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Table tennis joined the Olympic Games in 1988, and since then, China has dominated, showing no mercy to its opponents. China has won 41 gold medals in table tennis. f Other teams have only managed to scoop four out of the jaws of Chinese Olympians. Is it possible that one day we’ll see a turn of events and China’s dominance taken away by a new team? As for now, it looks like they will still stack mountains of gold medals on their table for decades to come. It is indeed their game, and they are showing the best at it.

Florence Griffith – The Sprinter

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Florence remains the fastest female athlete holding a world record for completing the 100-meter race in 10.62 seconds. Her record is as hard as the rock of Gibraltar for fellow sprinters to break. Second to Florence is Jamaican Olympian Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who completed the run in 10.75 seconds in London in 2012. If there is any hope of the record to be broken shortly, then that would be the doing of the now 17-year-old Candace Hill. Last year, at only 16 years of age, she took just 10.98 to complete the race. This is indeed a young girl with potential!

13-Year-Old US International Wins Gold

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If you were impressed by a 17-years old rising star, you will be stunned by Marjorie Gestring’s achievements. The then 13-years old American diver snapped the gold medal in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Marjorie showed her best skills at a tender age – when most of the people a still are under their parents’ care and would be hardly allowed to participate in such a big game. She won the 3-meter springboard easily before the eyes of the most prominent people in her field and against the greatest divers of her time. She will be remembered as the youngest athlete to have won the gold medal in the Olympic Games.

America’s Grand Win in 1904 Games

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It was one of America’s biggest win in the Olympic Games’ history. They showed real dominance in the 1904 Olympic Games held at St Louis, carrying home a total of 239 medals (78 gold medals, 82 silver medals, and 79 bronze). It is a record which still stands, and it seems that it will continue to do so for a few more decades to come. To follow them closely with a similarly memorable performance is the Soviet Union, who garnered 195 medals during the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. They managed that also because the Games were heavily boycotted, with nearly half the world not participating.

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The 2-Second MMA Knockout

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TOlympicsest time in boxing history was a knockout in just 2 seconds. The fans who streamed in to watch the match were certainly shocked, but perhaps also a bit disappointed as they prepared for a fierce competition. How can you get knocked out like that if you go in for a competition? One of the boxers, Takahiro Kuroishi, was just making quicker what he knew would happen from the start.

Longest Tennis Match in Grand Slam History

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Sitting down watching a single game for 11 hours and 5 minutes sounds unreal. Believe it or not, it happened on 24th June 2010, when John Isner of the USA team and Nicholas Mahut from France were involved in a one-on-one match. They set a record of 70-68 fifth tiebreaker.

In the picture: LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 24: John Isner of USA (L) poses after winning on the third day of his first round match against Nicolas Mahut of France (C) with Chair Umpire Mohamed Lahyani on Day Four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 24, 2010, in London, England. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

Most NASCAR Wins

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Richard Petty set a record of 200 wins in NASCAR, something which seems insane and unlikely to be broken shortly. His closest competitor is Jimmie Johnson who, to catch up with the 200-mark, needs to maintain his forms until he turns 63. Another competitor is Jeff Gordon, who has to keep his performance until he is 66-years-old. Both cases are impossible, and Pretty will cling on to that record for many years to come.

Liverpool’s Memorable Comeback in the Champions League Final

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Liverpool is an English football team, considered one of the most successful in the history of football. They have claimed the Champions league title five times, but have also lost some of the cup finals as well, the latest being the 3-1 defeat by Real Madrid in 2018. Their fifth win would be deemed their most memorable comeback in the Champions League Final. They went for a half-time break when they are 3-0 down against the Italian giants, AC Milan in 2005. Too many soccer fans, it was clear that the game was over and no one expected Liverpool to recover. However, the second half of the game was on their favor, and they equalized all the three goals and later won in the penalty shootout after an extra time elapsed.

Insane Heavyweight Boxing Record

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Rocky Marciano holds a heavyweight boxing record of 49-0, achieved in his career from 1948 to 1956. Marciano has the highest knockout percentage of any heavyweight champion in history (over the period of a career) with 87.76%. In his professional career, he was only knocked down twice. The first occurred in his first championship against Jersey Joe Walcott, 38, and the second occurred against 38-year-old Archie Moore.

In the picture: American boxer Rocky Marciano (1923 – 1969) batters Roland La Starza against the ropes in the 11th round of their heavyweight contest at the Polo Grounds, New York City. He went on to retain his world title, September 24, 1953. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

How Many Yards Does It Take To Make a Legend?

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Jerry Rice played his professional football career from 1985 to 2004, getting a total of 22,895 yards. That is the highest number in football’s history and it might be one of those things that will never be seen again. Jerry played a wide receiver in the NFL, primarily with the San Francisco 49ers. He is widely considered to be the greatest wide receiver in NFL history and often called the greatest NFL player of all time. As of the end of the 2016 NFL season, Rice holds 14 league records. To name a few: Most career regular season games played by a position player: 303, Most career receiving yards: 22,895, Most career receptions: 1,549, Most career touchdown receptions: 197.

The Highest Number of Consecutive Losses in NFL

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In every game, there are losers and winners. Usually, you know you’ll either win or lose, but can’t really tell how the game will go until the end. For Tampa Bay Buccaneers it was a different story. Their losses were guaranteed! They recorded a historic loss in the 1976-1978 season – where they lost 26 times in a row. You can imagine their joy f when they finally broke the bad record. The coach of the opposing team was immediately fired. The Buccaneers were associated with losing and their orange-colored kit was known for nothing but failure. It is a history which can repeat itself in today’s era, where the competition is very stiff.

Most Successive Wimbledon Titles Ever Won

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Winning big titles such as Wimbledon three times in a row is considered a miracle in the Open era. The competition has become very stiff with too many good participants scrambling for the same title. But Martina Navratilova made miracles happen when she won the title seven consecutive times between 1982 and 1987. This is something considered so impossible and totally unachievable that we would find it easier to believe if she had been a woman player from another planet and her equals had yet to be born here on earth. The Silver plates she got are enough to serve an entire family of five kids. It is truly incredible!

Most Assists in NBA

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In today’s era, basketball has taken a new direction, and giving an assist is a dying hardly seen art. John Stockton was one of a kind who recorded the greatest number of assists in his NBA career – a total of 15,806 assists. He mastered the art of passing the ball, topping the league every season from the 1987/1988 season to the 1995/1996 season. He could reach the mark of 1,000 assists every season, a huge record in NBA history. Jason Kidd trails behind him but is still 4,000 assists down. Will one day come a talented NBA player to break the insane record set by John Stockton?

Stanley Cup Domination

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Henri Richard dominated the Stanley Cup during his 21-year career, winning 11 between 1965 and 1975. This is a record number of wins for a single player and is even more impressive considering he played ice hockey well into his 40s, which is far beyond the normal retirement age. It’s difficult to comprehend a single player showing this level of dominance over such a long period of time, and a player of Henri Richard’s degree has not yet emerged.

NHL Hat-Trick History

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Scoring a hat-trick (when a player scores three goals (not necessarily consecutive) in a single game) in an NHL game is a great achievement for any player, but to do so in 21 seconds like Bill Mosienko did on March 23, 1952, is almost unbelievable – especially considering the opposing team had a strong defense. The record set by Mosienkowas in 1952 for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Nottingham Forest Cannot Be Cut Down

Nottingham Forest Cannot Be Cut Down

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Despite having many players below the English Football League average, Nottingham Forest claimed the 1977/1978 league title unbeaten. At the time, they achieved the longest winning streak in English Football League history, with 42 games in total. In addition, under Manager Brian Clough, they won the European Cup after throwing Liverpool out of the competition. Their record held until 2003/2004, when Arsenal managed to win 49 games in a row.

Arsenal’s Invincibility

Arsenal’s Invincibility

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Arsenal Football Club holds the record for the amount of Premier League games won in a row – a total of 49. The club won the 2003/2004 English Premier League unbeaten – the first to do so since the start of the English Football League in 1989. In their final game of the season, having won 37 games and established themselves as clear winners of the title, they went on their half-time break losing 1-0. However, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira provided the goals necessary to win 2-1 and end the season with a perfect record. Their unbeaten run of 49 games ended at Old Trafford when they were defeated by Manchester United.

The Record-Breaking World Cup Golden Boot

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It is difficult for a soccer player to get their name on the score sheet in the FIFA World Cup, let alone become a top scorer. Miroslav Klose is such a top scorer. He is the top goalscorer in the history of the FIFA World Cup with 16 goals scored, having scored five goals in his debut World Cup in 2002 and having won the Golden Boot at the 2006 World Cup in Germany by again scoring five times. He also scored four times in the 2010 World Cup and twice at the 2014 World Cup. Klose is also the top scorer of all time for Germany, and one of the very few players ever to have won gold, silver and bronze medals in the World Cup (bronze in 2006 and 2010, silver in 2002 and gold in 2014).

Wilkinson’s World Cup Glory

Wilkinson’s World Cup Glory

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England’s Jonny Wilkinson holds the record of scoring the highest number of points in the Rugby World Cup and consequently leading his team to victory in many games. He was also specifically mentioned with regard to England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup glory. Throughout his career, he scored 277 points, 14 drop goals, and 58 penalties in Rugby World Cup tournaments – a real legend in the sport and truly one of a kind.

‘Flying Scotsman’ Smashes Record

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By the 1990s, breaking the hour record in cycling was extremely difficult for even the most experienced cyclists. It seemed impossible that a novice would be able to do so, but Graeme Obree proved everyone wrong in 1993. Despite having no previous cycling experience and battling depression in his early teens, Obree broke the record twice using a self-made bike and was nicknamed ‘The Flying Scotsman’ as a result.

Baseball’s Unbeatable Barry Bonds

Baseball’s Unbeatable Barry Bonds

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Baseball player Barry Bonds holds the world record for the highest number of home runs in a single season. A disciplined man with a good health record, strength, and stamina, as well as luck on his side at times, he achieved the remarkable record of a total of Home runs in a single season – 73, in 2001. At the same year, he also records a slugging percentage in a single season of .863.

Baseball Legend Holds Run Record

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Hack Wilson is best remembered for his 1930 season where he had one-hundred ninety-one runs batted, which no one has even come close to beating. Juan Gonzalez achieved a total of 157 runs in 1998, and Manny Ramirez completed 165 in 1999, but they were both still ways off the mark. Hack Wilson is, without a doubt, a baseball legend, and his world record is sure to hold for a while longer yet. Wilson passed away on November 23, 1948.

History Written in the Dirt

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Secretariat (horse) was born March 30, 1970, nicknamed “Big Red,” was an American Thoroughbred racehorse who, in 1973, became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years. His legacy started It started on June 9, 1973, when Secretariat and four other horses were side by side on the starting line. When they reached the finishing line, Secretariat emerged victorious, beating the rest by a world record of 31cm. This margin broke the record previously set by Count Fleet, who won by 25cm in 1943. Secretariat went on to set another record – the fastest mile and a half, at 2 minutes 24 seconds – which secured his name in racing history. Secretariat died October 4, 1989.

Brodeur 656 Wins

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Martin Brodeur is considered to be the best NHL goalie in history. He has spent his entire 19-year career with the “New Jersey Devils”, where he played for 22 seasons. today at 40 years of age. He currently holds a record of 656 wins and 119 shutouts, breaking Patrick Roy’s 2009 record of 551 wins. He leads the list of goaltenders in wins, losses, shutouts, games played, goals scored, assists and points earned. He was elected to the “Hockey Hall Of Fame” in 2018.

The Winning Wizard of Westwood

The Winning Wizard of Westwood

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John Wooden was named the “Wizard of Westwood” after showing incredible performances while coaching the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in the NCAA college basketball. He won 10 NCAA championships in his 12-year term as coach, with his team boasting some of the best players in the game, such as Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton. Wooden won Coach of the Year an incredible six times and recorded 88 consecutive wins. His records still stand, with the closest competition only achieving four NCCA National Championship titles. Such dominance in the game might never be witnessed again.

The Longest-Standing Record in History

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In the picture above we can see Jarmila Kratochvilova (#183 of Czechoslovakia) heads towards the finishing line in the 800 meters during the 1983 Europa Cup Final at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on August 21, 1983, in London, England. The record set by Kratochvilova was 1 minute 53.28 seconds is the longest-standing record in world sports history. Additionally, she won a gold medal for both the 400-meter and 800-meter races in the same year. The only athlete who has come close to this record is Kenya’s Pamela Jelimo in 2008, who was a second slower than Kratochvilova.

Jahangir Khan – The Legendary Squash Player

Jahangir Khan – The Legendary Squash Player

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The achievement of a professional player is measured by the number of wins one has in his or her entire career. Khan has his name in the world’s sports history as a legendary squash player who recorded 555 consecutive wins in his career. Think of any sport and compare other professional players against what Khan has achieved. They are not even anywhere close to him. Think of playing 555 major games and keeping the unbeaten run. How does it sound? Insane! This is a fantastic record which will go down in history and remain unbroken for the next few decades.

LeBron James – The NBA Hero

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LeBron James was a “Cleveland Cavaliers” legend who has always been at the forefront in granting his team victories. His latest achievement, which saw him rise to the top of NBA games, was the match his team had against the Nets where he scored 31 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists. In this match, his remarkable scores spurred his team to a 129-123 victory over their bitter rivals. The match also saw James rise to the top. He also wrote his name in the history of NBA as the first ever to have reached 30,000 points, 8,000 assists, and 8,000 rebounds.

Chelsea Wins Champions League

Chelsea Wins Champions League

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2012 Champions League Title went to an England team “Chelsea” – courtesy of Didier Drogba. It was against the impossibility that Drogba’s last short, which went past the goalkeeper into the net, earned Chelsea their first ever title. Many club legends struggle to finish their serving term at clubs but for Drogba, it was all easy, and it came naturally. He scored a very late equalizer against Bayern Minich and struck a winning goal in the penalty shootout. The club’s manager, Roman Abramovich was delighted and heaped praises on him.

1995 Rugby World Cup in Johannesburg

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This final match was the greatest in South African’s sports history when the home team, “Springboks”, faced the New Zealand’s team. None of the sides was prepared to lose to the other team leading to a well-contended game. It then happened in the match that the South African team got a drop goal attempt which Joel Stransky took splendidly. He knew from the time the ball left the ground that the conversion would be a success and indeed it was. It ended up in a 15-12 legendary win for the Springboks and the first black president of the country was there to celebrate the victory.

Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” and “Goal of the Century”

Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” and “Goal of the Century”

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Maradona is a legendary footballer known for his skills in ball control when in his possession. His achievements and fight for his national team, Argentina, has gained the team a name in world football history. In the 1986 World Cup, Argentina faced England in the semi-finals, which was a match characterized by two famous goals shot by Maradona. The first one he scored with what is now termed the “Hand of God” goal, where Maradona scored using his hand. However, the greatest goal of all time which sealed the win for Argentina came after Maradona dribbled past five defenders and the goalkeeper – the goal now termed the “Goal of the Century”. They undoubtedly proceeded to the finals, in which they ultimately won.