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London 2012 Olympics Day 13: World Records round up

 
 
 
 
 
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David Rudisha and Usain Bolt lived up to their billing as two of the biggest names in athletics by both making Guinness World Records history last night at the London 2012 Olympics.

Bolt confirmed himself as the best sprinter of all time, becoming the first man to retain both Olympic sprint titles after winning gold in the 200m to add to his 100m title from last week. ( read more here).

Meanwhile, Rudisha stormed to gold in the men's 800m final, setting a new world record time of 1 min 40.91 seconds ( read more here).

Elsewhere, USA's 2-1 win over Japan in the final ensured they extended the record for the most gold medals in women's Olympic football, having won four of the five total gold medals in the events's history.

Also increasing a record was Australia's Lauren Jackson who took her career Olympic women's basketball points scored total to 550.

Women's boxing saw a number of notable first, with Great Britain's Nicola Adams making history to become the first female to win an Olympic boxing gold medal, following her thrilling 16-7 victory over China's Cancan Ren in the flyweight class.

Later in the day, Claressa Shields (USA) set the benchmark for the youngest boxer to win a gold medal (female) at 17 years 145 days old, after winning in the women's middleweight class. For reference, the youngest boxing gold medalist overall is John Fields (USA) who won gold in the featherweight class at the 1924 Paris Olympics at age 16 years 162 days.

Finally Saori Yoshida (Japan) joins countrywoman Kaori Icho as having won the most women's wrestling gold medals and most consecutive women's wrestling gold medals (both 3) after winning gold in the 55 kg freestyle weight class.

Click here for a full list of world reords broken so far at London 2012

 

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