From South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk shattering Michael Johnson’s seemingly untouchable 400m world record to the British Paralympian Sarah Storey’s record-smashing 3,000 pursuit, the recent Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio didn’t disappoint in delivering inspiring athletic achievements.
To accompany the extensive sports section in the new Guinness World Records 2017 Edition book, we’re offering a free digital PDF download detailing the incredible world records set in Brazil.
Here are a few of our favourite records that you will find featured in the bonus content alongside exclusive images and fact tables.
Most Olympic medals won
American super-Olympian Michael Phelps added five gold medals to his impressive collection during the Rio Games and bettered his record for the most medals won overall – 28.
Most career goals in Olympic soccer
Brazilian forward Christiane scored a record 14th Olympic tournament goal in her team’s group stage win against Sweden.
Fastest 400 m
Wayde van Niekerk broke Michael Johnson’s 16-year-old world record in the 400 metres, coming in first with a blinding time of 43.03 seconds.
Javelin (men, F46)
Devendra Jhajharia from India won a gold medal with an incredible 63.97 metres throw.
3,000 pursuit (women, c5)
Brit Sarah Storey completed the track cycling race in a record time of 3:31.394.
Measuring 2.46 metres tall, sitting volleyball player Morteza Mehrzad Selakjani (Iran) became the tallest athlete ever to take part in a Paralympic Games.
For more detail about these records, and to find out about loads of other incredible Olympic and Paralympic achievements, download our free digital bonus content specials in PDF format below.
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