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Most career goals in Olympic football (female) Cristiane July 25th 2012 Brazil

The most career goals in Olympic football (female) is 11 and was achieved by Cristiane (Brazil) at the London 2012 Olympic Games match against Cameroon on 25 July 2012.

Oldest outfield Olympic footballer (male) Ryan Giggs July 29th 2012 United Kingdom

At 38 years 243 days, Ryan Giggs (UK, b. 29 November 1973) became the oldest outfield Olympic football player when he captained Team GB against the United Arab Emirates at Wembley Stadium, London, UK, on 29 July 2012 during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Oldest Olympic football goalscorer (male) Ryan Giggs July 29th 2012 United Kingdom

Team GB captain Ryan Giggs (UK, b. 29 November 1973) was 38 years 243 days old when he scored against the United Arab Emirates at Wembley Stadium, London, UK, on 29 July 2012.

First Olympic Games to feature female athletes from every participating nation London Olympic Games 2012 July 27th 2012 United Kingdom

For the first time in the 116-year history of the modern Olympic Games, every participating nation at London 2012 was represented by female athletes. A record-equalling 204 nations took part in the London Olympics, where, for the first time, Brunei, Qatar and Saudi Arabia allowed their delegations to include women.

First Olympic Games to feature male and female athletes in every sport London 2012 Olympic Games July 27th 2012 United Kingdom

With the introduction of female boxing at the London 2012 Olympic Games, male and female participants competed in every sport for the first time in Olympic history. Twenty-six sports featured at London 2012 including freestyle wrestling, which admitted female competitors for the first time at Athens in 2004, and weightlifting, which welcomed the first female athletes at Sydney in 2000.

Most points scored in 70 metre 3 x 72 arrow FITA round outdoor recurve by a team (male) South Korea July 27th 2012 South Korea

The South Korean team of Im Dong-hyun, Kim Bub-min and Oh Jin-hyek set a new mark of 2,087 points in the 70 metre 3 x 72 arrow FITA round outdoor recurve at the London 2012 Olympic Games on 27 July 2012.

Most points scored in 70 metre 72 arrow FITA outdoor recurve (male) Im Dong-hyun July 27th 2012 South Korea

Visually impaired archer Im Dong-hyun (South Korea) broke his own record of 696 points when he claimed the gold medal in the 70 metre 72 arrow FITA outdoor recurve with a score of 699 points at the London 2012 Olympic Games on 27 July 2012.

Fastest coxless pairs rowing (men's class) Eric Murray & Hamish Bond July 28th 2012 New Zealand

New Zealand rowers Eric Murray and Hamish Bond smashed the decade-old record for the men's coxless pairs by almost six seconds when they crossed the finish line in a time of 6:08.50 on 28 July 2012 on the first day of competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Most Olympic cycling road race medals won (male) Alexander Vinokourov July 28th 2012 Kazakhstan

Veteran cyclist Alexander Vinokourov (Kazakhstan), 38, claimed his second Olympic road race medal by winning the 250-km (155.3-mile) endurance event at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Vinokourov's first road race medal came at the Sydney 2000 Games, when he won silver.

Fastest swim long course 400 metres medley (female) Ye Shiwen July 28th 2012 China

Ye Shiwen (China), 16, swam the 400 m medley in a record time of 4:28.43 at the Aquatics Centre, London, UK, on 28 July 2012. The teenager beat the previous record of 4:29.45, set by Stephanie Rice (Australia) at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.

Most medals won at the Olympics for swimming (female) Dara Torres July 28th 2012 United States

Three women have won 12 Olympic swimming medals: Dara Torres (USA), who won four gold, four silver and four bronze medals between 1984 and 2008; Jenny Thompson (USA), who won eight gold, three silver and one bronze medal from 1992 to 2004; and Natalie Coughlin (USA), who won three gold, four silver and five bronze medals 2004 and 2012.

Olympic Games, Shooting, Most medals, Women Marina Logvinenko July 29th 2012 Russia

The most medals won by a woman in Olympic shooting events is five, by Marina Logvinenko (née Dobrancheva, Russia), with two gold, one silver and two bronze medals from 1988 to 1996, and Kim Rhode (USA), with three gold, one silver and one bronze medal between 1996 and 2012.

Fastest swim long course 100 metres breaststroke (male) Cameron van der Burgh July 29th 2012 south africa

South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh clocked the fastest ever 100 m breaststroke, in a time of 58.46 seconds, at the Aquatics Centre in London, UK, on 29 July 2012.

Fastest swim long course 100 metres butterfly (female) Dana Vollmer July 29th 2012 United States

Dana Vollmer (USA) shaved eight-hundredths of a second off the existing record to set a new mark in the 100 m butterfly at the Aquatics Centre in London, UK, on 29 July 2012. The two-time Olympic gold medallist finished in a time of 55.98 seconds.

Heaviest weightlifting 53 kg clean & jerk (female) Zulfiya Chinshanlo July 29th 2012 Kazakhstan

The greatest weight lifted in the women's 53 kg clean and jerk category is 131 kg, by Zulfiya Chinshanlo (Kazakhstan) at the London 2012 Olympic Games on 29 July. Chinshanlo, the youngest ever weightlifting gold medallist (female) and Kazakhstan's first gold medallist in the sport, broke her own record of 130 kg, set at the World Championships in Paris, France, on 6 November 2011.

Youngest Olympic weightlifting gold medallist (female) Zulfiya Chinshanlo July 29th 2012 Kazakhstan

Zulfiya Chinshanlo (Kazakhstan, b. 25 July 1993) was 19 years 4 days old when she won gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games with a record lift of 131 kg in the women's 53 kg clean and jerk category on 29 July.

Heaviest weightlifting 62 kg snatch (male) Kim Un Guk July 28th 2012 North Korea

Two men have lifted 153 kg in the 62 kg snatch category: Shi Zhiyong (China) in Izmir, Turkey, on 28 June 2002 and Kim Un Guk (North Korea) in London, UK, on 30 July 2012.

Kim Un Guk's 153 kg mark in the snatch is an Olympic record. Combined with his clean and jerk (174 kg), he set a new overall world record of 327 kg at London 2012 - 1 kg more than the record previously set by Zhang Jie (China), who finished fourth in the competition.

Heaviest weightlifting 62 kg total (male) Kim Un Guk July 30th 2012 North Korea

On 30 July 2012 at ExCeL London, UK, Kim Un Guk (North Korea) lifted an Olympic record - and world record-equalling - 153 kg in the snatch and 174 kg in the clean and jerk for a record total of 327 kg in the men's 62-kg division.

Most consecutive Olympic beach volleyball sets won, team (female) Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh July 30th 2012 United States

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh (both USA) have won a record 32 consecutive sets in Olympic beach volleyball competition, a winning streak that dates back to the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, in 2004. The pair collected gold medals at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 and won their first two matches at London 2012 without dropping a set, extending their winning run to 16 consecutive matches.

Oldest Olympic hockey player (female) Akemi Kato August 8th 2012 Japan

Akemi Kato (Japan, b. 13 December 1970) was 41 years 249 days old when she played for Japan against South Africa at the Riverbank Arena, London, UK, on 8 August 2012, making her the oldest ever female hockey player at the Olympic Games.

Most Olympic shooting gold medals (female) Kim Rhode July 29th 2012 United States

Kim Rhode (USA) won her third Olympic shooting gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games. After claiming gold medals in the double trap (no longer an Olympic event) at Atlanta 1996 and Athens 2004, Rhode won her third gold in the skeet at the London 2012 Olympic Games on 29 July.

Longest Olympic tennis set (duration and number of games) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga July 31st 2012 France

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) beat Milos Raonic (Canada) 6-3, 3-6, 25-23 in 3 hr 57 min in the second round of the men's singles at Wimbledon, London, UK, on 31 July 2012. The 180-minute third set lasted 48 games - the longest set of tennis at the Olympic Games, both in terms of duration and games played.

Most Olympic cycling medals won (male) Bradley Wiggins August 1st 2012 United Kingdom

The most Olympic cycling medals won by a male rider is seven, by Bradley Wiggins (UK). The 2012 Tour de France winner won Olympic gold medals in the individual pursuit in 2004 and 2008, the team pursuit in 2008 and the time trial in London on 1 August 2012. He won a silver medal in the team pursuit in 2004 and picked up two bronze medals, in the team pursuit in 2000 and the Madison in 2004.

First cyclist to win the Tour de France and an Olympic gold medal in the same year Bradley Wiggins August 1st 2012 United Kingdom

Bradley Wiggins (UK) capped a memorable summer for British cycling when he eased to victory in the men's time trial at the London Olympic Games on 1 August 2012 - just 10 days after becoming the first British rider to win the Tour de France. Wiggins' time trial win, in 50 min 39 sec, gave him a record seventh Olympic cycling medal (four gold, one silver, two bronze) and he becomes the most decorated British Olympian of all time, eclipsing the medal haul of rower Sir Steve Redgrave.

Oldest Olympic judo gold medallist Dae-Nam Song August 1st 2012 South Korea

At 33 years 118 days old, Dae-Nam Song (South Korea, b. 5 April 1979) won Olympic gold in the men's judo 90-kg category at the ExCeL centre, London, UK, on 1 August 2012 to become the oldest ever winner of a judo discipline at the Olympic Games. Song defeated Asley Gonzalez (Cuba) in the final, with the winning waza-ari score coming courtesy of a throw in the 'golden score' extra-time period.

Heaviest weightlifting 77 kg snatch (male) Lu Xiaojun August 1st 2012 China

Lu Xiaojun (China) lifted 175 kg in the 77 kg snatch category to break his own world record of 174 kg and claim an Olympic gold medal at London 2012 on 1 August.

Fastest swim long course 200 metres breaststroke (male) Dániel Gyurta August 1st 2012 Hungary

Dániel Gyurta (Hungary) clocked 2:07.28 in the Olympic final of the men's 200 m breaststroke at the Aquatics Centre, London, UK, on 1 August 2012.

Heaviest weightlifting 77 kg total (male) Lu Xiaojun August 1st 2012 China

Lu Xiaojun's (China) 175-kg snatch and 204-kg clean and jerk at the London 2012 Olympic Games on 1 August set a new total record of 379 kg in the men's 77 kg category.

Most individual Olympic medals won in canoe-slalom Michal Martikán July 31st 2012 Slovakia

Michal Martikán (Slovakia) has won five medals in canoe-slalom at the Olympic Games, all in the C-1 category. He picked up gold medals at Atlanta 1996 and Beijing 2008, silver medals at Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 and a bronze medal at London 2012.

Longest Olympic doubles tennis set (number of games) Marcelo Melo, Bruno Soares, Tomas Berdych, Radek S August 1st 2012 Brazil

Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares (Brazil) beat Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic) 1-6, 6-4, 24-22 in the second round of the Olympic men's doubles competition at Wimbledon, London, UK, on 1 August 2012. The 46-game third set, which lasted 3 hr 11 min, eclipsed both the male and female records (36 and 38 games, respectively) for a set of men's or women's doubles at the Olympic Games.

Longest Olympic men's doubles tennis match (number of games) Marcelo Melo, Bruno Soares, Tomas Berdych, Radek S August 1st 2012 Brazil

Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares (Brazil) defeated Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic) 1-6, 6-4, 24-22 at Wimbledon, London, UK, on 1 August 2012. The second round match, which started on 31 July and lasted 4 hr 21 min, was contested over 63 games, a record for the most games played in a three-set men's doubles match at the Olympics.

Most gold medals won in Olympic canoe-slalom Tony Estanguet July 31st 2012 France

Frenchman Tony Estanguet claimed his third Olympic gold medal in canoe-slalom by winning the C-1 category at the Lee Valley White Water Centre in Hertfordshire, UK, on 31 July 2012. Estanguet had previously raced to gold in the C-1 category at Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004.

Cycling - Fastest unpaced 500m from a standing start (women’s team) Gong Jinjie and Guo Shuang August 2nd 2012 China

Gong Jinjie and Guo Shuang (both China) clocked 32.422 seconds for the 500 m (unpaced, standing start) at the Velodrome in London, UK, on 2 August 2012.

Most Summer Olympic Games attended Harry Nelson August 06TH 2012 United States

The most Summer Olympic Games attended is 18, by Harry Nelson (USA), 90, of Torrance, California, USA, between 1932 and 2012.

Most consecutive gold medals in an individual Olympic event (female) Various July 29th 2012 Various

Six female athletes have won the same individual event at three consecutive Olympic Games: gymnast Larisa Latynina (Soviet Union, now Russia), team event, 1956-64; swimmer Dawn Fraser (Australia), 100 m freestyle, 1956-64; swimmer Krisztina Egerszegi (Hungary), 200 m backstroke, 1988-96; equestrian Anky van Grunsven (Netherlands), individual dressage, 2000-08; fencer Valentina Vezzali (Italy), foil, 2000-08; and diver Wu Minxia (China), synchronized 3 m springboard, 2004-12.

Fastest swim long course 200 metres breaststroke (female) Rebecca Soni August 2nd 2012 United States

Rebecca Soni (USA) recorded a time of 2:19.59 in the final of the Olympic 200 m breaststroke at the Aquatics Centre, London, UK, on 2 August 2012.

Cycling - men's team 750 m unpaced standing start Great Britain August 2nd 2012 United Kingdom

Great Britain (Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny and Sir Chris Hoy) set a new world record time of 42.6 seconds to win Olympic gold in the men's 750 m team sprint (unpaced, standing start) at the Velodrome in London, UK, on 2 August 2012.

Most Olympic medals won in men's double sculls rowing Paul Costello, Luka Špik, Iztok Čop August 2nd 2012 United States

Three rowers have won three Olympic medals in the men's double sculls: Paul Costello (USA, 1894-1986), who won gold medals in consecutive Olympics Games, at Antwerp 1920, Paris 1924 and Amsterdam 1928, and the Slovenian team of Luka Špik and Iztok Čop, who won gold medals at the Sydney 2000 Games, silver at Athens 2004 and bronze at London 2012.

Most Olympic track cycling gold medals won (male) Sir Chris Hoy August 2nd 2012 United Kingdom

Sir Chris Hoy (UK) has won the most Olympic track cycling gold medals in Olympic history with five. Hoy's gold medals were won in the 1 km time trial at Athens 2004, the individual sprint, team sprint and Keirin at Beijing 2008 and the team sprint at London 2012. His total medal count is six, with his first Olympic medal, a silver, won in the team sprint at Sydney 2000.

Longest time elapsed between Olympic appearances Hiroshi Hoketsu august 13th 2008 Japan

Japanese equestrian Hiroshi Hoketsu (b. 28 March 1941) competed in the show jumping event at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, in 1964. He returned to the Olympic arena 48 years later when, on 13 August 2008, in Beijing, China, he took part in the individual and team dressage event

Most consecutive Olympic swimming gold medals in the same event (male) Michael Phelps August 2nd 2012 United States

Michael Phelps (USA) won the 200 m individual medley at three consecutive Olympic Games, at Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

Most Olympic fencing medals won (female) Valentina Vezzali August 2nd 2012 Italy

Valentina Vezzali (Italy) has won a record six gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the Olympic Games. She won gold in the team foil and silver in the individual foil at Atlanta 1996, gold in the individual and team foil at Sydney 2000, gold in the individual foil at Athens 2004, gold in the individual foil and bronze in the team foil at Beijing 2008 and gold in the team foil and bronze in the individual foil at London 2012.

Most three-point field goals scored by an individual in an Olympic basketball match (male) Carmelo Anthony August 2nd 2012 United States

Carmelo Anthony, who plays for the New York Knicks (both USA) in the National Basketball Association (NBA), scored a record 10 three-point field goals as the USA beat Nigeria 156-73 at the Basketball Arena, London, UK, on 2 August 2012.

Most three-point field goals scored by a team in an Olympic basketball match (male) usa August 2nd 2012 United States

The USA scored 29 three-point field goals when they defeated Nigeria 156-73 at the Basketball Arena, London, UK, on 2 August 2012

Most points scored by a team in an Olympic basketball match (male) USA August 2nd 2012 United States

The USA beat Nigeria 156-73 in a group match at London's North Greenwich Arena, UK, on 2 August 2012 - the most points scored by a team in a basketball match at the Olympic Games.

Most Olympic fencing gold medals won (female) Valentina Vezzali August 2nd 2012 Italy

Valentina Vezzali (Italy) has won a female record six fencing gold medals at the Olympic Games. Her golds were achieved in the individual foil in 2000, 2004 and 2008 - the most consecutive Olympic gold medals in individual foil fencing (female) - and the team foil in 1996, 2000 and 2012.

Shooting Rifle 50m Prone - Men (FWR) Sergei Martynov August 3rd 2012 Belarus

In his sixth Olympic Games, Sergei Martynov (Belarus) scored 705.5 points in the men's 50 m rifle to win Olympic gold at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, London, on 3 August 2012.

Most Olympic track cycling medals won (female) Anna Meares August 2nd 2012 Australia

Anna Meares (Australia) has won four medals in Olympic track cycling: gold in the 500 m time trial and bronze in the individual sprint in Athens, Greece, in 2004, silver in the individual sprint in Beijing, China, in 2008, and bronze in the team sprint in London, UK, in 2012.

Most Olympic road cycling gold medals Kristin Armstrong August 1st 2012 United States

Kristin Armstrong (USA) became the first person to successfully defend an Olympic cycling road title (time trial or road race) when she won the women's time trial event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on 1 August, four years after claiming time trial gold in Beijing, China, on 13 August 2008.

Longest Olympic tennis match (duration) Roger Federer, Juan Martin Del Potro August 3rd 2012 Switzerland

World number one Roger Federer (Switzerland) defeated Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina) 3-6, 7-6, 19-17 in 4 hr 26 min in the men's singles semi-final at Wimbledon, London, UK, on 3 August 2012.

Cycling - men's 4 km team pursuit Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Peter Kennaugh, Geraint T August 3rd 2012 United Kingdom

The fastest men's cycling 4 km team pursuit is 3 min 51.659 sec and was set by Great Britain (Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Peter Kennaugh and Geraint Thomas) when they took Olympic gold at the Velodrome in London, UK, on 3 August 2012.

Heaviest weightlifting +75 kg snatch (female) Tatiana Kashirina August 5th 2012 Russia

Russian weightlifter Tatiana Kashirina broke her own 75 kg snatch world record twice at the London 2012 Olympic Games on 5 August. She registered 149 kg in her second attempt and then lifted 151 kg (almost 333 lb) to win Olympic gold at London's ExCeL centre.

Most Olympic gold medals won by a sailor Ben Ainslie August 5th 2012 United Kingdom

Ben Ainslie (UK) is the most decorated sailor in Olympic history, winning gold medals at four successive Games. Ainslie won the Laser class at Sydney 2000 and picked up gold medals in the Finn class at Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012. He also won a silver medal, in the Laser class, at Atlanta 1996.

Heaviest weightlifting 94 kg total (male) Ilya Ilyin August 4th 2012 Kazakhstan

Ilya Ilyin (Kazakhstan) lifted a combined score of 418 kg (233 kg clean and jerk, 185 kg snatch) in the men's 94 kg division at the ExCeL centre in London, UK, on 4 August 2012 to retain his Olympic gold. His 233 kg clean and jerk was also a new record in the event.

Heaviest weightlifting 94 kg clean & jerk (male) Ilya Ilyin August 4th 2012 Kazakhstan

Ilya Ilyin (Kazakhstan) retained his Olympic gold in the men's 94 kg division with a lift of 233 kg in the clean and jerk at the ExCeL centre, London, UK, on 4 August 2012. Ilyin lifted a combined score of 418 kg (233 kg clean and jerk, 185 kg snatch) to set another world record at London 2012.

Youngest Olympic gold medallist in track cycling (female) Laura Trott August 4th 2012 United Kingdom

Laura Trott (UK, b. 24 April 1992) was 20 years 102 days old when she claimed Olympic gold in the women's team pursuit - alongside Dani King and Joanna Rowsell - in a world record time of 3 min 14.051 sec at the Velodrome, London, UK, on 4 August 2012.

Most Olympic medals won, Men Michael Phelps August 4th 2012 United States

The most decorated Olympian of all time is swimmer Michael Phelps (USA), who won 22 medals at three Olympic Games between 2004 and 2012. "The Baltimore Bullet" collected six gold and two bronze medals in the pool at the 2004 Games in Athens, Greece, eight gold medals at the 2008 Games in Beijing, China, and four gold and two silver medals at the Olympic Games in London, UK, in 2012 to eclipse the 18 Olympic medals won by Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina between 1956 and 1964.

Shooting - Trap 100 targets - Women Jessica Rossi August 4th 2012 Italy

Jessica Rossi (Italy), 20, missed just one of her 100 shots to set a new record score of 99 and win Olympic gold in the women's trap shooting (100 targets) at the Royal Artillery Barracks, Woolwich, London, UK, on 4 August 2012.

Most gold medals won at the Olympics (male) Michael Phelps August 4th 2012 United States

The most Olympic gold medals won by an athlete is 18 and was achieved by swimmer Michael Phelps (USA) at three Olympic Games from 2004 to 2012. The most decorated Olympian of all time won six gold medals at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, a record-shattering eight golds at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, and four gold medals at the 2012 Olympics in London, winning his final race before retirement, the 4 x 100 m medley relay, at the Aquatics Centre on 4 August 2012.

Fastest swim long course relay 4 x 100 metres medley (female) Melissa "Missy" Franklin, Allison Schmitt, Rebecca August 4th 2012 United States

The American team of Melissa "Missy" Franklin, Allison Schmitt, Rebecca Soni and Dana Vollmer swam the 4 x 100 m medley relay in 3 min 52.05 sec at the London Olympic Games on 4 August 2012.

Fastest swim long course 1,500 metres freestyle (male) Sun Yang August 4th 2012 China

Sun Yang (China) won Olympic gold in the men's 1,500 m freestyle in 14:31.02 at the Aquatics Centre in London, UK, on 4 August 2012 to shatter his own world record.

Most Olympic appearances by an athlete Ian Millar August 4th 2012 Canada

Canadian equestrian Ian Millar, 65, made his tenth appearance at an Olympic Games when he rode for his country's show jumping team at the London 2012 Olympic Games on 4 August. Millar's first taste of the Olympics came in 1972, aged 25, and he appeared at eight consecutive Games (1984-2012).

Youngest Olympic 800 m freestyle gold medallist (female) Katie Ledecky August 3rd 2012 United States

Katie Ledecky (USA, b. 17 March 1997) was 15 years 139 days old when she won the women's 800 m freestyle at the London Olympic Games on 3 August 2012. She took gold in a time of 8 min 14.63 sec, the second fastest swim of all time by a woman in the 800 m freestyle.

First runner to compete in the Olympic and Paralympic Games Oscar Pistorius August 4th 2012 south africa

Oscar Pistorius (South Africa) made Olympic history on 4 August 2012 when he ran in the first heat of the first round of the men's 400 m in the Olympic Stadium, London, UK. Pistorius, aka "The Blade Runner", who had both his lower legs amputated at 11 months old and runs with carbon-fibre prosthetic blades, is the first double amputee to compete in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Fastest swim long course 200 metres backstroke (female) Melissa "Missy" Franklin August 3rd 2012 United States

Melissa "Missy" Franklin (USA) swam the 200 m backstroke in a record time of 2 min 4.06 sec to win Olympic gold at the Aquatics Centre in London, UK, on 3 August 2012.

Cycling - women's 3 km team pursuit Great Britain August 4th 2012 United Kingdom

Great Britain (Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell) clocked 3 min 14.051 sec to win Olympic gold in the women's team pursuit at the Velodrome, London, UK, on 4 August 2012. The trio smashed their own world record of 3 min 15.669 sec, set in the qualifying round the previous day, and their gold medal-winning performance was their sixth world record in the team pursuit in their last six competitive rides.

Most Olympic tennis gold medals won by an individual Serena Williams, Venus Williams August 5th 2012 United States

Sisters Serena and Venus Williams (USA) have both won a record four Olympic tennis titles. Their gold medals were collected in singles (one title each, Venus in 2000 and Serena in 2012) and doubles (three titles together, in 2000, 2008 and 2012). They also became the first pair to win the women's doubles three times at the Olympic Games when they defeated Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic) 6-4, 6-4 to retain their title at Wimbledon, London, UK, on 5 August 2012.

First badminton player to retain an Olympic singles title (male) Serena Williams, Venus Williams August 5th 2012 United States

Sisters Serena and Venus Williams (USA) have both won a record four Olympic tennis titles. Their gold medals were collected in singles (one title each, Venus in 2000 and Serena in 2012) and doubles (three titles together, in 2000, 2008 and 2012). They also became the first pair to win the women's doubles three times at the Olympic Games when they defeated Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic) 6-4, 6-4 to retain their title at Wimbledon, London, UK, on 5 August 2012.

Most wins of the 100 m sprint at the Olympic Games Carl Lewis, Usain Bolt August 5th 2012 United States

Two athletes have retained their 100 m sprint title in Olympic competition. Carl Lewis (USA) won the event in 1984 and 1988 (in a world record time of 9.92 seconds following the disqualification of Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson) and Usain Bolt (Jamaica) matched Lewis' achievement in 2008 (when he set a new world record of 9.69 seconds) and 2012. Bolt set an Olympic record - 9.63 seconds - in the 100 m final at the Olympic Stadium in London, UK, on 5 August 2012.

Smallest country (by population) to win an Olympic gold medal Grenada August 06th 2012 Grenada

Grenada, a Caribbean island with a population of approximately 109,000, won its first ever Olympic medal when 400 m runner Kirani James took gold at the Olympic Stadium in London, UK, on 6 August 2012. The Prime Minister of Grenada declared the afternoon of 7 August 2012 a public holiday after James, 19, clocked a personal best 43.94 seconds in the final to become the first man from outside the USA to break the 44-second barrier in the 400 m.

Oldest winner of the Olympic 400 m hurdles Veteran 400 m hurdler Félix Sánchez (Dominican Republic, b. USA, 30 August 1977) was 34 years 342 days old when he clocked 47.63 seconds to claim Olympic gold in London, UK, on 6 August 2012 - eight years after Félix Sánchez Dominican Republic

Veteran 400 m hurdler Félix Sánchez (Dominican Republic, b. USA, 30 August 1977) was 34 years 342 days old when he clocked 47.63 seconds to claim Olympic gold in London, UK, on 6 August 2012 - eight years after winning the 400 m hurdles in Athens, Greece, in exactly the same time.

Most Olympic tennis doubles titles won Various August 5th 2012 Various

Three players have each won three doubles titles at the Olympic Games. Reginald "Reggie" Doherty (UK, 1872-1910) won gold medals in the men's doubles and mixed doubles (with brother Laurie and Charlotte Cooper, respectively) at Paris 1900 and a third gold in the men's doubles (with George Hillyard) at London 1908. Serena and Venus Williams (both USA) won their third Olympic women's doubles title together when they brushed aside Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka (both Czech Republic) in the final at Wimbledon, London, UK, on 5 August 2012. The sisters had previously won the women's doubles event at Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008.

Heaviest weightlifting +75 kg total (female) Zhou Lulu August 5th 2012 China

The greatest total weight lifted in the women's +75 kg division is 333 kg (146 kg snatch, 187 kg clean and jerk) and was achieved by Zhou Lulu (China) at the 2012 London Olympic Games on 5 August. Her 187 kg lift in the clean and jerk was a new Olympic record.

Largest margin of victory in an Olympic hockey match (female) South Africa August 06th 2012 South Africa

The Olympic hockey match between South Africa and Team USA at the Riverbank Arena in London, UK, on 6 August 2012 finished 7-0 in favour of the South Africans.

First country to win every badminton event at an Olympic Games china August 5th 2012 China

China made an historic clean sweep of the five badminton events at the 2012 Olympic Games held in London, UK, winning gold medals in the men's singles (Lin Dan), women's singles (Li Xuerui), men's doubles (Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng), women's doubles (Zhao Yunlei and Tian Qing) and mixed doubles (Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei).

Most consecutive Olympic beach volleyball wins, team (female) Misty May-Treanor, Kerri Walsh Jennings August 8th 2012 United States

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings (both USA) won a record 21 consecutive Olympic beach volleyball matches between 2004 and 2012, in which time they claimed gold medals at Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 to preserve their remarkable unbeaten run at the Olympic Games. The pair, who won 42 sets and lost just one in their Olympic careers, defeated Jennifer Kessy and April Ross (both USA) 21-16, 21-16 in the final at Horse Guards Parade, London, UK, on 8 August 2012 to become the first beach volleyball team, male or female, to win three Olympic titles.

Most consecutive Olympic gold medals, beach volleyball (female) Misty May-Treanor, Kerri Walsh Jennings August 8th 2012 United States

The most consecutive Olympic beach volleyball titles won is three, by Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings (both USA) at Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012. The pair, who were unbeaten in Olympic competition, winning 42 sets and losing just one, became the first team (male or female) to retain an Olympic title and the first to win three back-to-back Olympic gold medals.

Smallest country (by population) to win an Olympic medal Bermuda 1976 Bermuda

At the Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada, in 1976, the north Atlantic Ocean island of Bermuda won its first - and to date only - Olympic medal when boxer Clarence Hill won a bronze medal in the heavyweight (+81 kg) division.

Most appearances in an international hockey career (female) Natascha Keller August 8th 2012 Germany

Natascha Keller (Germany) won 425 international field hockey caps from 1994 to 2012. The forward, who made her senior debut for Germany in 1994, scored 204 goals and appeared at five Olympic Games, winning a gold medal in Athens, Greece, in 2004. Keller, 35, played her final international match when Germany defeated South Korea 4-1 at London 2012 on 8 August.

Most Olympic wrestling gold medals won (female) Kaori Icho, Saori Yoshida August 9th 2012 Japan

The most wrestling gold medals won at the Olympic Games by a woman is three, by Kaori Icho and Saori Yoshida (both Japan). Icho took gold in the women's freestlyle 63 kg division at three consecutive Games (2004-12), while Yoshida claimed gold medals in the freestyle 55 kg division in the same period.

Youngest Olympic taekwondo medallist (male) Alexey Denisenko August 8th 2012 Russia

Alexey Denisenko (Russia, b. 30 August 1993) won a bronze medal in the men's 58 kg division at the Olympic Games in London, UK, on 8 August 2012 aged 18 years 344 days.

First Olympic boxing gold medal won (female) Nicola Adams, August 9th 2012 United Kingdom

Women's boxing made its debut at the Olympic Games in London, UK, in 2012. The winner of the first final, staged at London's ExCeL arena on 9 August 2012, was British flyweight Nicola Adams, who defeated China's Ren Cancan 16-7 over four two-minute rounds.

Youngest Olympic boxing gold medallist (female) Claressa Shields August 9th 2012 United States

Claressa Shields (USA, b. 17 March 1995) was 17 years 145 days old when she defeated Nadezda Torlopova (Russia) - a boxer more than 16 years her senior - 19 points to 12 in the women's middleweight (75 kg) final at the ExCeL arena in London, UK, on 9 August 2012.

Fastest run 800 metres (male) David Rudisha August 9th 2012 Kenya

David Rudisha (Kenya) clocked 1 min 40.91 sec to win the Olympic 800 m final at the Olympic Stadium in London, UK, on 9 August 2012 and lower his own world record in the track event.

Youngest Olympic 800 metres medallist Timothy Kitum August 9th 2012 Kenya

Timothy Kitum (Kenya, b. 20 November 1994) won a bronze medal in the men's 800 m final at the Olympic Stadium, London, UK, on 9 August 2012. At 17 years 263 days old, he was the youngest medal winner in the history of the 800 m at the Olympic Games.

First man to win the 200 m sprint at successive Olympic Games Usain Bolt August 9th 2012 Jamaica

Usain Bolt (Jamaica) retained his Olympic 200 m crown at the Olympic Stadium in London, UK, on 9 August 2012. After setting a new world record of 19.30 seconds at the Beijing National Stadium in China on 20 August 2008, Bolt clocked 19.32 seconds at the Olympic Stadium to complete an unprecedented "double double", having won gold medals in the 100 m and 200 m at successive Games.

First athlete to win the 100 m and 200 m sprints at successive Olympic Games Usain Bolt August 9th 2012 Jamaica

In 2012, Usain Bolt (Jamaica) became the first athlete in Olympic history to retain 100 m and 200 m sprint titles. Bolt achieved the historic "double double" in the Olympic Stadium, London, UK, clocking 9.63 seconds in the 100 m on 5 August 2012 and 19.32 seconds in the 200 m on 9 August. Four years earlier, at the National Stadium in Beijing, China, the fastest man in the world ran the 100 m in 9.69 seconds on 16 August 2008 and the 200 m in 19.30 seconds on 20 August to set (then) new world records in both events. As of 9 August 2012, Bolt holds the world records for the 100 m (9.58 seconds) and 200 m (19.19 seconds).

Highest attendance at an Olympic women's football match 80.203 August 9th 2012 Not Applicable

A record crowd of 80,203 watched the USA win their third successive Olympic title at Wembley Stadium, London, UK, on 9 August 2012. It was a record attendance for a woman's football match in the UK - eclipsing the 70,584 people who saw Team GB beat Brazil at Wembley Stadium on 31 July 2012 - and also surpassed the Olympic record attendance of 76,481, for the gold medal match between the USA and China at Atlanta 1996 - the year women's football made its debut at the Olympic Games.

Most career points in Olympic basketball matches (female) Lauren Jackson August 9th 2012 Australia

Lauren Jackson (Australia) has scored 550 points in women's basketball competition at the Olympic Games. The 1.96-m-tall (6-ft 6-in) forward/centre made her Olympic debut at the 2000 Games in Sydney, Australia, and extended her record points haul to 550 by scoring 14 points in the 86-73 semi-final defeat to the USA at the Basketball Arena, London, UK, on 9 August 2012.

Most Olympic titles won, Women, Football USA August 9th 2012 United States

The women's football tournament at the Olympic Games has been won by the USA four times, in 1996, 2004, 2008 and 2012. They won their third consecutive Olympic title by defeating Japan 2-1 at Wembley, London, UK, on 9 August 2012, a match watched by 80,203 people - a record attendance for a women's football match both at the Olympics and in the UK.

Most synchronized swimming Olympic golds Russia august 10th 2012 Russia

Russia won eight Olympic gold medals in synchronized swimming between 2000 and 2012, making a clean sweep of every duets and team event in that period. At the Games in London, UK, Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina picked up gold medals in the duets competition, and the pair were part of the nine-woman team who claimed Olympic gold in the team event on 10 August 2012.

Longest gold medal-winning run by a country in an Olympic sport USA August 1st 2012 United States

Four countries have won gold medals in an Olympic discipline at seven consecutive Summer Games. The USA won track gold in the men's 400 m and the men's 4 x 100 m medley relay in the pool from Los Angeles 1984 to Beijing 2008 inclusive, and male Kenyan runners took gold in the 3,000 m steeplechase in the same time frame. At London 2012, South Korea won its seventh consecutive gold medal in the women's team archery event and China claimed its seventh straight women's table tennis singles title.

Most points scored in an Olympic water polo match (male) Russia & Serbia July 31st 2012 Russia

Two teams have scored 21 points in an Olympic water polo match: Russia, who beat Slovakia 21-5 at the Sydney Games on 27 September 2000, and Serbia, who defeated Great Britain 21-7 in London, UK, on 31 July 2012.

Most Olympic synchronized swimming gold medals won (individual) Anastasia Davydova august 10th 2012 Russia

Anastasia Davydova (Russia) has won five gold medals in synchronized swimming at the Olympic Games. She secured titles in the duet competition at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 and the team event at Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012. Her most recent success was as a member of the nine-woman Russian team who won gold at the Aquatics Centre, London, UK, on 10 August 2012.

First swimmer to win Olympic pool and open water gold medals Oussama Mellouli august 10th 2012 Tunisia

At the London Olympic Games in 2012, Oussama Mellouli (Tunisia) won bronze in the 1,500 m freestyle at the Aquatics Centre on 4 August and, six days later, gold in the open water 10 km marathon in Hyde Park to become the first swimmer to win pool and open water swimming medals at one Olympic Games.

Fastest relay 4 x 100 metres (female) USA august 10th 2012 United States

The American 4 x 100 m relay team (Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter) knocked more than half a second off a record that had stood for almost 27 years when they clocked 40.82 seconds at the Olympic Stadium in London, UK, on 10 August 2012. The previous best 4 x 100 m relay run (41.37 seconds) was set by East Germany in Canberra, Australia, on 6 October 1985.

Most goals scored in an Olympic water polo match (female) Danielle de Bruijn July 30th 2012 Netherlands

Two women have scored seven goals in an Olympic water polo match: Danielle de Bruijn (Netherlands), who achieved the feat against the USA in the gold medal match in Beijing, China, on 21 August 2008, and Maggie Steffens (USA), who, on her Olympic debut, netted seven times against Hungary in the opening round of the water polo competition in London, UK, on 30 July 2012.

Fastest relay 4 x 100 metres (male) Jamaica august 11th 2008 Jamaica

Jamaica (Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt) clocked 36.84 seconds to smash their own 4 x 100 m world record at the Olympic Stadium in London, UK, on 11 August 2012. The quartet's previous best of 37.04 seconds, set in Daegu, South Korea, in September 2011, was matched by silver medallists the USA (Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey).

Most Olympic taekwondo medals won (female) Hwang Kyung-Seon august 10th 2012 South Korea

The martial art discipline taekwondo made its debut at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. Hwang Kyung-Seon (South Korea) has won more Olympic taekwondo medals - three - than any other female competitor. In the 67 kg (middleweight) division, she won bronze at Athens 2004 and gold at Beijing 2008. On 10 August 2012, Kyung-Seon successfully defended her Olympic title, defeating Turkey's Nur Tatar 12 points to five.

Olympic Games, Taekwondo - Most golds Ha Tae-kyung, Chen Yi-an, Hwang Kyung-seon august 10th 2012 South Korea

The most Olympic gold medals won in taekwondo is two, by Ha Tae-kyung (South Korea), Chen Yi-an (Taiwan) and Hwang Kyung-seon (South Korea). Taekwondo was a demonstration sport at the Olympics when Tae-kyung (men's flyweight division, 1988, and welterweight, 1992) and Yi-an (women's bantamweight division, 1988, and lightweight, 1992) won their Olympic golds. After taekwondo became a full Olympic sport at Sydney 2000, Kyung-seon won women's middleweight gold at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

Youngest winner of the Olympic 20 km walk (female) Elena Lashmanova august 11th 2012 Russia

Russia's Elena Lashmanova (b. 9 April 1992) was 20 years 124 days old when she won gold in the women's 20 km walk in London, UK, on 11 August 2012. She crossed the finish line in a world record time of 1:25.02.

Fastest Olympic 20 km walk (female) Elena Lashmanova august 11th 2012 Russia

Elena Lashmanova (Russia) won the women's 20 km race walk in 1 hr 25 min 2 sec at the Olympic Games in London, UK, on 11 August 2012. On her Olympic debut, Lashmanova (b. 9 April 1992) became the youngest medallist in the event since it made its Olympic debut in Sydney, Australia, in 2000

Fastest Olympic football goal (male) Oribe Peralta august 11th 2012 Mexico

Oribe Peralta (Mexico) scored the fastest ever goal in Olympic men's football competition - and, indeed, any Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) tournament final - when he found the back of the net after just 28 seconds against Brazil at Wembley Stadium, London, UK, on 11 August 2012. Mexico won the match 2-1 to clinch their first Olympic football gold medal.

Largest cumulative attendance for an Olympic football tournament London 2012 Olympic Games august 11th 2012 United Kingdom

The 32 men's and 26 women's football matches at the London 2012 Olympic Games were attended by a total of 2,186,930 people, eclipsing the 2,137,462 fans who watched the Olympic football tournament in Beijing, China, in 2008. The men's games at London 2012 attracted a total audience of 1,525,134 (compared to 1,397,448 in Beijing), while 661,796 people attended the women's matches (740,014 in Beijing).

Youngest Olympic cross-country mountain-biking medallist (female) Julie Bresset august 11th 2012 France

Julie Bresset (France, b. 9 June 1989) is the youngest winner of a medal in Olympic cross-country mountain-biking, leading home the field in the women's 4.8-km (2.9-mile) race, at the age of 23 years 63 days, at Hadleigh Farm, Essex, UK, on 11 August 2012. Cross-country cycling became an Olympic sport at Atlanta 1996.

Oldest Olympic cross-country mountain-biking medallist (female) Sabine Spitz august 11th 2012 Germany

Sabine Spitz (Germany, b. 27 December 1971) won a silver medal in the Olympic cross-country mountain-biking event at Hadleigh Farm, Essex, UK, on 11 August 2012 at the age of 40 years 228 days. Cross-country cycling became an Olympic sport at Atlanta 1996.

Oldest Olympic welterweight boxing champion (male) Serik Sapiyev August 12th 2012 Kazakhstan

The oldest boxer to win the men's Olympic welterweight (-67 kg) title is Serik Sapiyev (Kazakhstan, b. 16 November 1983), who, at the age of 28 years 276 days, beat Welshman Fred Evans 17-9 in the final at the ExCeL arena in London, UK, on 12 August 2012.

Most Basketball Olympic Golds (Women) USA august 11th 2012 United States

The Olympic women's basketball tournament has been won a record seven times by the USA, in 1984, 1988 and at five consecutive Olympic Games from 1996 to 2012. Women's basketball became an Olympic Sport in 1976. The Soviet Union won the first two tournaments and the Unified Team (a team consisting of 12 of the 15 former Soviet republics) took the title in 1992.

Highest margin of victory in an Olympic basketball final (female) USA august 11th 2012 United States

The USA won their fifth consecutive Olympic gold medal at the London 2012 Games when they swept aside France 86-50 at the North Greenwich Arena, UK, on 11 August. Their 36-point margin of victory was the largest in the 36-year history of the women's basketball final at the Olympics.

Most modern pentathlon Olympic medals (country) Hungary August 12th 2012 Hungary

Hungary has won 22 medals (nine gold, eight silver, five bronze) in modern pentathlon at the Olympic Games. Their first medals were won by Gábor Benedek (silver) and István Szondy (bronze) in the men's competition and Benedek, Szondy and Aladár Kovácsi in the (now discontinued) team event, all in Helsinki, Finland, in 1952. Hungary's most recent success was in London, UK, in 2012, when pentathlete Ádám Marosi won a bronze medal in the men's competition.

Most modern pentathlon Olympic gold medals (country) Sweden, Hungary August 27th 2004 Sweden

Sweden and Hungary share the record for the most Olympic modern pentathlon gold medals won, with nine apiece. Sweden won gold in the men's competition in 1912, 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1948, 1952, 1956 and 1968. Hungary's men claimed gold in 1960, 1964, 1972 and 1988, the women triumphed in 2004 and the now discontinued team event was won by the Hungarians in 1952, 1960, 1968 and 1988.

Oldest company to supply Olympic medals The Royal Mint 2012 United Kingdom

The oldest company to supply medals to an Olympic Games is the Royal Mint (UK), for the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London, UK. The Royal Mint was instituted in the year 886 making the company over 1,100 years old when it produced all the medals for the London Games.

First Olympic Games to pass the 100-, 200- and 300-event barriers London Olympics, 1908 Moscow Olympics, 1980 Sydney Olympics, 2000 2008 Australia, Russia, United Kingdom

The first modern Olympics, held in Athens in 1896, hosted just 43 events across nine sports, the fewest in Olympic history. However, as interest in the Games spread and more nations began taking part, so the number of sports and individual events grew. London 1908 was the first Games to breach the 100-event barrier, with 110 events across 22 sports, but it would be another 72 years before the 200 mark was passed, with Moscow 1980 hosting 203 events across 21 sports. In 2000, the Sydney Games again took the Olympics to a new level, featuring 300 events across a total of 28 sports. Since 2008, however, baseball and softball have been dropped from the schedule to leave a total of 26 Olympic sports going into London 2012.

First Olympic inclusion of Women’s Boxing London 2012 2012 United Kingdom

The first time that Women's Boxing has been in included in the Summer Olympic Games programme is at the 2012 Games held in London, UK. Female athletes will compete at three weights, Flyweight (48-51kg), Lightweight (56-60kg) and Middleweight (69-75kg).

Women's boxing was an exhibition sport at the St Louis Olympic Games in 1904. Team GB will have three boxers at London 2012: Nicola Adams (flyweight), Natasha Jonas (lightweight) and Savannah Marshall (middleweight). Marshall became Britain's first women's world boxing champion on 19 May 2012.

Most bird boxes at an Olympic Park The Olympic Park in Stratford 2012 United Kingdom

The Olympic Park in Stratford, London, UK, constructed to host the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in the city has 525 bird boxes installed as part of the Games organizers' commitment to stage a environmentally sustainable event. There are also 150 bat boxes plus a number of artificial otter holts.

Largest Summer Olympic medals London Olympic Games 2012 2012 United Kingdom

The 4,700 medals made for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are the heaviest in the 116-year history of the Olympic Games. The Olympic medals are 85 mm (3.3 in) in diameter and 8-10 mm (0.31-0.39 in) thick. The gold and silver medals weigh 412 g (14.53 oz) while the bronze medals weigh 357 g (12.59 oz).

Most countries participating at a Summer Olympic Games Beijing Olympic Games 2008 2008 China

A total of 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) were represented at the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing, China. Three countries - Montenegro, the Marshall Islands and Tuvalu - took part in the Games for the first time in 2008 after being recognized as NOCs in 2008, 2006 and 2008, respectively. Brunei were the only NOC not to be represented in Beijing.

There are currently 204 NOCs in existence, and with no countries threatening to boycott the London Olympics, it is expected that London will tie the record set by Beijing in 2008, even though only 200 nations have officially qualified for the Games. * This record was previously held by Athens 2004, with 201 NOCs represented. The number of participating NOCs has increased with every Olympics since Moscow 1980. As of 2012, there are a number of unrecognized NOCs, including Macau, Gibraltar, Montserrat and the Turks & Caicos Islands, so this record could well be broken at future Olympic Games.

Most expensive Olympic games London Olympic Games 2012 2012 United Kingdom

In terms of "sport-related costs", London 2012 is the most expensive Olympics ever at £8.4 billion ($13.01 billion), according to a report by Oxford University's Said Business School. The figure, which includes security, transport, opening and closing ceremonies, construction of venues and the athletes' village but excludes expensive infrastructure projects (such as those commissioned for Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008), means that the London Games are now 100 per cent over its original budget, set at £4.2 billion ($6.5 billion) in 2004.

The report compares the cost of all Summer and Winter Olympic Games over the last 50 years. The 2008 Beijing Games were widely believed to be the most expensive Games on record with many estimates putting the total at £22 billion ($34.09 billion), but researchers believe the bill may have been £3.13 billion ($4.85 billion) due to China's cheaper labour.

Most expensive Olympic logo London 2012 2007 United Kingdom

The most expensive logo produced for an Olympic games is the 2012 London Summer Olympics logo, which cost £400,000 ($645,645) to design. The logo was produced by brand consultants Wolff Olins (UK) and paid for by private money. The logo was launched to public disapproval in June 2007, however it was described as edgy, dynamic and vibrant by Games organizers.

Most expensive Olympic memorabilia sold at auction The Stavros Niarchos Foundation 2012 United Kingdom

The most expensive Olympic memorabilia sold at auction is the Historic Breal's Silver Cup, Marathon Winner's Cup from the First Modern Olympics in Athens in 1896, Sold for the price of £541,250 ($861,502), to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (Greece), at Christie's Auction House in London, UK, on 18 April 2012.

Most expensive Olympic ticket Opening Ceremony of the Summer Olympics held in London in 2012 2012 United Kingdom

The most expensive ticket in Olympic history is £2,012 ($3,250) for the Opening Ceremony of the Summer Olympics held in London in 2012. Tickets are priced in four bands for the ceremony on 27 July 2012, with the other prices at £1,600 ($2,586), £995 ($1,608), £150 ($242), and £20.12 ($35).

Most expensive pint of beer at an Olympic Games London Olympic Games 2012 2012 United Kingdom

A pint of beer at the London 2012 Olympic Games will cost the equivalent of £7.23 ($11.20) - more than twice the national average price of £3.17 ($4.91), according to the British Beer and Pub Association.

A 330 ml bottle of Heineken, the only lager that can be served at the Games under the Dutch brewer's exclusive sponsorship deal, will cost £4.20 ($6.50) - the equivalent of £7.23 ($11.20) a pint. By comparison, sports fans at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 could enjoy a pint of beer for just $2.46 (approximately £1.60). Wembley Stadium charges £4.70 ($7.28) for a pint of beer.

Most modern Summer Olympics Games hosted London 2012 United Kingdom

The most modern Summer Olympic Games hosted by a city is three, by London, UK, in 1908, 1948 and 2012.

Athens hosted the Summer Olympics in 1896, 1906 and 2004 but the 1906 Games (known as the 1906 Intercalated Games) are no longer recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Therefore, officially, London is the only city to host the Games three times. 1908 - the fourth modern Olympic Games on the recognized four-year cycle (following the downgrading of Athens 1906). The first Olympic Games were staged in 1896. 1948 - known as the "Austerity Games" following World War II; the first Summer Olympics since Berlin 1936. London is only the fourth capital city to host the Summer Olympics on more than one occasion - Paris, France (1900 & 1924), Stockholm, Sweden (1912 & 1956 - equestrian events only) and Athens, Greece (1896 & 2004) share this honour. Los Angeles also hosted the Summer Olympics twice, in 1932 and 1984, but is not, of course, a capital city.

Most heads of state invited to an Olympics Games London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012 United Kingdom

The most heads of state invited to a single Olympic games is 120 by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) for the 2012 games to be held in London from 27 July to 12 August.

Most Olympic Games hosted by a city London 2012 2012 United Kingdom

London is the first city to host the Olympic Games three times. They were first held in the city in 1908, the fourth Olympics of the modern era, then in 1948, the first games since 1936 and World War II, and again in 2012.

Most Olympic drug tests planned London 2012 2012 United Kingdom

The Summer Olympic Games held in London in 2012 will be he most drug-tested event in Olympic history with 5,000 individual drug tests planned. The tests will be organized and administered by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the UK Anti-Doping Agency.

Most Olympic tickets on sale London 2012 2012 United Kingdom

The most tickets for a single Olympics Games to go on sale is 8.8 million, for the Games of the XXX Olympiad held in London, UK in 2012.

More than eight million tickets for London 2012 - 75 per cent of a total 11 million tickets (a figure that includes the 2.2 million tickets available for the Paralympic Games) - have been allocated to Britons. Beijing 2008 made 50 per cent of seven million tickets publicly available, and there are twice as many tickets available to the domestic public in the UK than at Athens 2004. In April 2011 it was announced that more than 20 million tickets were applied for in the first round of sales, with 1.8 million people submitting requests for tickets. 6.6 million tickets went on sale to the public on 15 March 2011 for 39 disciplines in 26 sports and 645 sessions at 34 competition venues. A further 2.3 million tickets were made available to the public in the second round of sales from 24 June 2011, and more than one million tickets were put on sale to the British public in December 2011. Further tickets went on sale in May and June 2012. On 27 June 2012, it was announced by the BBC that over 80 per cent of all tickets (approximately seven million) for the Olympic Games (excluding the Paralympics) had been sold. A total of 8.8 million tickets were available for the Olympics and a further 2.2 million for the Paralympics - 11 million in total.