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International Olympic Day 2021: 5 Olympic records that might never get broken

The upcoming Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo from July 23. Meanwhile, the world is celebrating International Olympic Day on Wednesday to mark the first Olympics. On the same note, we present the five unbreakable records from the prestigious global event.

International Olympic Day 2021: 5 Olympic records that might never get broken-ayh
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Kolkata, First Published Jun 23, 2021, 1:04 PM IST
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The world is gearing up for the greatest sporting spectacle as the Olympic Games 2020 is set to be played in Tokyo from July 23 in Tokyo. The event was postponed last year due to the prevailing pandemic while challenges continue to surround the organisers.

Meanwhile, the world is celebrating International Olympic Day on Wednesday to honour the beginning of the Olympics. In the same light, we look at the five Olympic records that are unlikely to be ever broken.

Michael Phelps’ 23 gold medals
Starting with the obvious one, American swimmer Michael Phelps pocketed 23 gold medals in his Olympics career. While he won 28 golds, during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he won eight golds, a record. The closest anyone comes to him is gymnast Larisa Latynina of the Soviet Union, winning nine golds and 18 medals in total.

USA’s 239 medals in 1904
Although the United States of America has struggled of late regarding total dominance in an Olympics, it does hold a record on the same note. During the 1904 Olympics, held in the US, the hosts swept 239 medals in the entire Games. The closest a nation has ever come was the Soviet with 195 in 1980. Consequently, the US tops the chart for having won the most Olympic medals (2,523), followed by Russia (1,556).

Nadia Comaneci’s perfect gymnastics
During the 1976 Montreal Olympics, Romania’s Nadia Comaneci nailed it in all sectors of gymnastics, as she unanimously awarded 10/10 by all three judges, becoming the first and only gymnast in Olympic history to attain such a score. She repeated the feat twice in 1980, besides winning six perfect tens in her career, making her the perfect gymnast ever.

Bob Beamon’s longest jump ever
During the 1968 Mexico Olympics, USA’s Bob Beamon took part in the long jump. He attained an incredible feat of 29 feet and 2 ½ inches jump, as it took the organisers long enough to identify the exact measurement of his jump since it was long out of the specified limit. Although Mike Powell later broke the record during the 1991 World Championships, Beamon’s feat stands in the Olympics, unlikely to be ever broken.

Usain Bolt’s lightning-fast 100m and 200m race
During the 2008 edition, the world’s fastest man proved why he is the fastest, as he sprinted across during the 100m race with a record time of 9.69 seconds. While some have come close, but they are unlikely ever to match Jamaican Usain Bolt’s feat. He also holds the Olympic record in the 200m race, clocking 19.30 seconds during the same edition.

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