With the calendar roaring into spring, a number of different sports worldwide came together in March to provide us with a slew of new Guinness World Records. Add in what you achieved this month and it made for quite an awesome few weeks. Let’s get to it!
CRICKET WORLD CUP
The premier sporting event the world over this month was the 2011 Cricket World Cup, as 14 nations battled for five weeks to claim the crown of planet’s best in what many say trails only football as the world’s second-most popular sport.
In the end, tournament favorite and co-host India emerged with the title, besting Sri Lanka by six wickets with 10 balls remaining in the 2 April final to come away with the country’s first World Cup triumph in 28 years, and second of all time. That puts India tied for second-most World Cup victories with the West Indies, each trailing Australia and its record of four titles.
But en route to India’s triumph a slew of other One Day International records were broken, including:
Fastest time to reach 1,000 runs: England’s Jonathan Trott (pictured) matched countryman Kevin Pieterson and West Indies legend Viv Richards in reaching 1,000 career runs in just 21 innings during England’s otherwise disappointing day in a shocking stumble to Ireland in Group B play.
Fastest century: A big reason Ireland were able to upset England was Kevin O’Brien (Ireland) needing only 50 balls to reach his century the surprising win.
Highest successful run chase: in the same match, Ireland’s 329-7 margin broke the record for highest successful run chase.
Streaks ended: Australia saw its World Cup records of most consecutive wins and matches without defeat end at 25 and 34, respectively, when Pakistan came away with a win by 4 wickets in Group A play. Australia had won three straight World Cups and had not dropped a match since 23 May 1999.
Youngest player: Nitish Kumar of Canada became the youngest-ever player to participate in a Cricket World Cup, when he made his debut at the precocious age of 16 years, 283 days, in their opener against Zimbabwe.
ELSEWHERE IN SPORT
Ivo Karlovic (Croatia, above) now owns the fastest-ever tennis serve (male) at 251 km/h (156 mph) in the fourth set of a doubles match against Germany in the 2011 Davis Cup on 5 March 2011. …Tennis icon Roger Federer (Switzerland) added to his legendary career as he now has the most career singles victories with 765 as of this posting, besting Pete Sampras’ (USA) record of 762. …The Golden State Warriors and Orlando Magic broke the NBA record for most combined 3-pointers in a game with 35 on 11 March. …And, lastly, Jose Mourinho (Portugal) has seen his unmatched run in home league matches come to an end. The current Real Madrid coach had seen each squad he’s managed (Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid) combine to run off a string of 150 consecutive domestic home matches without defeat before Real Madrid fell at the Bernabeu, 1-0, to Sporting Gigon on 2 April. Mourinho hadn’t lost a home league match since 23 February 2002.
WHAT YOU DID THIS MONTH
-The most holes of golf played in one year was 11,000 by Richard Lewis (USA, above) all at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Irving, Texas, USA, from 1 January to 31 December 2010. Lewis played 611 full rounds of golf, plus an additional two holes, averaging more than 30 holes played per day!
-The most consecutive futsal penalty kicks was 931 in an event organized by Shonan Bellmare Futsal Club (Japan) at Odawara Arena in Odawara, Japan, on 6 February 2011. Of the 931 participants to take a penalty, 313 were successful. The event lasted nearly 2 hr 30 min and featured the same goalkeeper for the duration!
-The oldest female to complete a marathon was Gladys Burrill (USA) at the incredible age of 92 years 19 days at the Honolulu Marathon in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, on 12 December 2010. Burrill completed the race in 9 hr, 53 min, 16 sec.
-The greatest distance wakeboarding in 24 hours (male) was 514 km (319.38 mi) by Igor Deranja (Croatia) in the Adriatic Sea on 15-16 September 2010.
-The most touches of a football with the soles in one minute was 220 by Ash Randall (UK) at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, UK, on 21 March 2010. Randall broke the record on the centre spot of the pitch at halftime of a Football League Championship match between Cardiff City and Watford.
Congratulations to all the record breakers this month and let's see what April has in store!
By Mike Janela
2 April 2011