April is over, which means it's time to run through the month that was in sports world records. If you missed last month, check out the picks of March and watch some of the best amateur sports records broken here:
During Real Madrid's 4-0 semifinal drubbing of Bayern Munich Tuesday, star winger Cristiano Ronaldo capped an historic Champions League season with a new world record. Scoring twice against Bayern, the Portuguese international now owns 16 goals in this year's competition. That breaks the record for most goals in a single Champions League/European Cup season. With still the final to be played at the end of May, Ronaldo nipped the record 14 held jointly by Lionel Messi for Barcelona in 2012 and Mizzola for Milan in 1963.
Not surprisingly, their talisman's top form has Madrid in record-breaking spirits, too. Real is into its first final since 2002 on the strength of a new record for the most consecutive Champions League games scoring a goal, at 34 straight matches from May 3, 2011, to April 2 in its 3-0 quarterfinal win over Borussia Dortmund.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
There were a lot of great sports records both featured elsewhere on our site earlier this month or awarded many months ago that are certainly worth checking out if you haven't already.
Keeping it with soccer, São Paulo FC keeper Rogério Ceni was awarded three Guinness World Records achievements last November, but was finally able to be presented his official record-holder certificates just this month (there he is pictured above). Ceni owns the records for most football/soccer appearances for the same club at 1,100; most appearances as captain for the same club with 885; and most career goals scored by a keeper with 114.
Then here are two stories you may have missed earlier in April. First, Guinness World Records' partnership with the Virgin Money London Marathon continued, resulting in a number of awesome marathon records broken this year. From fastest in a wedding dress to fastest in nurse's uniform, check out all the competitors here.
Second, what's the point of visiting the world's tallest building if you can't jump off it? That's what a pair of Skydive Dubai athletes did at the Burj Khalifa and you should definitely check out their story and watch their video:
AROUND THE WORLD
He loves it when you call him Big Papi. H/T to Tater Trot Tracker, who revealed this month that Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz's home run stroll April 10 is the slowest home run trot on record. Watch all 32.91 glorious seconds here.
Bernard Hopkins continues to show at 49 years old that you're only as old as you punch, becoming the oldest boxer to unify two world titles with his split-decision win over Beibut Shumenov in Washington D.C. ...Knicks fans, remove palm from face: J.R. Smith broke the record for most 3s attempted in an NBA game this month, launching 22 against Houston. ...And we couldn't verify this record in time for the March Sports Blog, but the most consecutive football/soccer victories in a national top division by a female team is 80 by Apollon Ladies FC in the Cypriot First Division from April 22, 2009, to March 30 this year.
That wraps up April! We'll find out in May if Ronaldo can extend his Champions League record, if Luis Suarez can break a Premier League goals record, and if David Ortiz can possibly run any slower. See you next month!
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