The Olympics is a worldwide multi-sport event normally held once every four years. The Games were first held in 1896 in Athens, Greece. Next is scheduled to be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

The Olympics is not just about winning the bronze, silver, and gold medals. It can also be a place to break world records. But don’t take me wrong, it is harder than you may believe. After all, some of the world’s most notable athletic achievements are from a completely different era.

So, what are really the physical limits of the human body? Because, believe me, I’m about to amaze you with some records that will let you bowled over. Some people just didn’t have a chance when it comes to these athletes…


10. Seven-Event Superstar – Jackie Joyner-Kersee

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It was in the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, American Jackie Joyner-Kersee broke a record while competing in the Heptathlon. Just in case you didn’t know, heptathlon combines seven athletics events. She is the first woman to surpass 7000 points, setting a new record of 7291 points.


9. Marathon – Dennis Kimetto

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During the 2014 Berlin Marathon that Kenya’s Dennis Kipruto Kimetto completed the 42.195km race in 2 hours 2 minutes 57 seconds to become the first marathoner to ever break the 2-hour 3-minute barrier on a record-eligible course


8. High Jump – Javier Sotomayor

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Cuban Javier Sotomayor has been holding the high jump world record for over 24 years now. He jumped over the bar at 8 feet (2.45 meters) at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, where he also won the gold medal.


7. Long Jump – Powell-Lewis Clash

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Back in the 1991 Tokyo Olympic Games, Carl Lewis and Mike Powell produced the greatest long jump competition ever of 29.3 feet (8.95 meters), setting a new record. The closest anyone has come since then is 28.6 feet (8.74 meters).


6. Triple Jump – Jonathan Edwards

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British Jonathan Edwards, also known as the British Kangaroo, holds the world record for the triple jump in the men competition. At the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, he set a new record of 60 feet (18.29 meters).


5. 400m Hurdles – Kevin Young

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In the Olympic final in 1992, American Kevin Young crossed the finish line of the 400m hurdles in 46.78 seconds, setting a new record in the world. He was the first 400m hurdler to clock a time under 47 seconds.


4. Marathon – Paula Radcliffe

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During the 2003 London Olympic Games, British Paula Radcliffe set the women’s marathon world record when she covered the 42.195km course in 2 hours, 15 minutes, and 25 seconds.


3. Pole Vault – Renaud Lavillenie And Armand “Mondo” Duplantis

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In the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie amazed the world’s athletics with his vault of 6.16 meters. Nonetheless, the global standard would only be his for six years. At just 20 years old, Swedish Armand “Mondo” Duplantis cleared an incredible 6.18 meters at an indoor meet in February 2020.


2. 4x100m Relay – Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight, Carmelita Jeter

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During the 2012 London Olympics, the runners of the USA team Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight, and Carmelita Jeter set a new world record of 40.82 seconds, taking more than half a second off the mark set in 1985.


1. 100m And 200m, Usain Bolt

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Also known as the fastest man on Earth, Jamaican Usain Bolt holds a World Record in the Men’s 100 meters (9.58 seconds) and 200 meters (19.19 seconds). There’s no doubt that Bolt had to top our list, as he’s perhaps one of the greatest athletes of all time.