The biggest names in the world of sport stand side-by-side in the new and updated Guinness World Records 2016 Edition, which is released on September 10th.
In TENNIS, the machine that is Novak Djokovic, pictured above, who won his third Wimbledon title this year, is recognised for winning the Most Australian Open Titles (five) as well as his mammoth 5 hour 33 min match with Rafael Nadal in 2012 which is the Longest Grand Slam Final ever. Serena Williams, also victorious at Wimbledon this year, is the Highest Earner Ever in Female Tennis, accumulating £44,782,600 since turning pro in 1995.
Other tennis records include:
- • Most consecutive Grand Slam Tournaments Featured – Ai Sugiyama – 62 between 1994 to 2009
- • Fastest Female Serve – Sabine Lisiciki (pictured below) – 131mph (29 July 2014), California (picture available with award)
- • Most Five Set Matches Played – Lleyton Hewitt – 43 matches with a win-loss ratio of 26-17
In RUGBY, All Blacks fly-half and record breaking point scorer for New Zealand Dan Carter, is recognised for Most international Conversions (260), Penalties (258) and International points after amassing in excess of 1500 points over the duration of his career.
Carter, who will feature for the Kiwis at this year’s Rugby World Cup in Britain, will also become the Highest Paid Rugby Union Player when he joins Club Racing Metro after the world cup, earning a reported 1.5m Euros as part of his one year contract.
Other Rugby records include:
- • Tallest Active Professional Rugby player - English giant Will Carrick-Smith standing at a staggering 6ft 11
- • Most Appearances in Women’s World Cup Final – England with six and won the most recent in 2014
- • Most Appearances in the Super League Grand Final – Paul Wellens, St Helens, has featured 10 times
In CRICKET, England’s Ashes heroes James Anderson and Joe Root’s incredible 198 run 10th wicket partnership against India last summer, which broke the previous record held by Ashton Agar and the late Phil Hughes, features in the cricket pages and the pair were presented with their award in the aftermath of their Ashes triumph at the Oval.
Other cricket records include:
- • Oldest Player to Score a Century in a ODI – Khurram Khan (UAE) aged 43 vs Afghanistan on 30 Nov 2014
- • Most Runs in a ICC World Cup Match – Martin Guptill 237no VS West Indies 21 March 2015
- • Most International Runs in a Calendar Year – Kumar Sangakarra – 2,868 runs in 2014
British Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton has broken his record for the Most Consecutive Seasons to win a Formula One Grand Prix from Debut which has stretched into his eighth season with victory at the Malaysian Open in March last year.
His team Mercedes has also entered the record books and have swept rivals Ferrari and McLaren from history for the Most Wins by a Constructor in a Formula One Season by winning 16 out of 19 races in the 2014 season.
In GOLF, new US sensation Jordan Spieth has holed five records for his performance at this year’s US Open in Augusta: Most Birdies in the US Masters (36), Lowest Total Score (72 holes) with a score of 270 and shares with Tiger Woods, Lowest Total Score for the First Two Rounds (36 holes) – 130, Lowest total score for the first three rounds (54 holes) – 200. He also secured the Youngest Winner of the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award aged just 20 – only Woods had done this previously at this age. There is also an in depth profile on Rory McIlRoy and his record-breaking career to date.
Other golf records include:
- • Lowest Single Round at a Major – female Kim Hyo-joo – score of 61 aged just 19 on 11 Sept 2014
- • Oldest Golfer to break Par at US Masters – Tom Watson aged 65 years 219 days on 9 April 2015 at Augusta
- • Longest Drive on the European Tour – Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium at the Wales Open on n18 Sept 2014
Other records of note in the sports page include:
- • Fastest marathon - Dennis Kimetto, pictured below, in 2 hr 2 min 57 sec at the Berlin Marathon in Sept 2014 (pictures)
- • Longest kick-off return for a touchdown – 109 yards - Cordarrelle Patterson of Minnesota Vikings Oct 2013
- • Most tweeted sporting event – 2014 World Cup Final – Germany v Argentina - 618,725 tweets per min
The aforementioned sports records are just a snippet of what you will find across 34 sports pages in this years book, featuring 17 different sports disciplines including American Sports, Athletics, Cycling, Extreme Sports – with personalised record holder profiles on selected stars, as well as tons of stats and trivia. We also delve into the history of the Olympic Games and look ahead to next year’s event in Rio and what records could be broken.
Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday, said: “It’s been another incredible year of sporting achievements, which is a testament to the determination and passion of our most celebrated sporting heroes. Nowhere is the competition of record-breaking so fierce than in our sports pages.