The team sheets are in and Guinness World Records can announce its star studded line up of sporting talent that have made it into the 60 th anniversary edition of the record breaking book.
As ever, a wide scope of sport disciplines can be found across the sporting pages of the Guinness World Records 2015 Book ranging from the fastest man on the planet in Usain Bolt to the biggest draw in boxing, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
In football, Cristiano Ronaldo has got one over on his nearest and long standing competitor Lionel Messi by taking his mantle for the Most Champions League goals in a calendaryear.
The Portuguese international scored 15 goals between 13 February and 10 December 2013. Off the field, Ronaldo has also secured the record for the Most Twitter followers for an athlete which is in excess of 25 million! (Katy Perry, however, is the Most followed person on Twitter with over 50 million).
Brian O’Driscoll cemented his place in rugby folklore after securing the record for the Most international appearances in Rugby Union. O’Driscoll amassed 141 caps in total, 133 of which for his country and made eight appearances for the British and Irish Lions on their 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013 respective tours.
He broke the previous record held by former Australian player George Gregan (139 caps). The former Irish centre was presented with his Guinness World Records certificate in an intimate setting and, speaking about his award, he said: “I am delighted to have made it into this year’s Guinness World Records Book. It is a childhood dream achieved!“
Roger Federer is now the Most powerful sports star in the world ranked No.8 on Forbes’ list taking the mantle form NFL quarterback Peyton Manning .
The Swiss tennis star is also recognised for his day job in tennis with records for the Most Grand Slam singles titles (17), Most Grand Slam matches won (265) and Most week’s ranked world No.1 (302).
Leading Horse racing Jockey Tony McCoy heads the front of the pack in his sport with Most horse racing wins in jump racing in a season (289 in 2001-2002) and Most horse racing wins in jump racing in a career (4,106 and between 26 March 1992 and 26 April 2014).
Unbeaten boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr, and his fight with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in September 2013, raked in a staggering $150,000,000 (£91,812,400) making it the Highest selling pay-per-view boxing match of all time.
In form Rory Mcilroy, has the record for the Lowest total score (72 holes) at the US Open with a scorecard boasting 268 (65-66-68-69) and, in the process, simultaneously broke the record for the Lowest score to par in a US Open, shooting 16-under.
Usain Bolt remains the dominates force in athletics, with entries in this year's book for Fastest run 100 metres (male), Fastest run 100 metres (male), Most medals won at the IAAF Athletics World Championships (male) and Most Men’s IAAF World Athlete of Year Trophies.
Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, who made his racing debut on 10 th June 2007 has the record for the Most consecutive seasons to win a Formula One Grand Prix from debut (eight).
Paralympic athlete and UK favourite Ellie Simmonds, who was honoured by Guinness World Records with a certificate presentation, was recognised for her Fastest swim 400m freestyle - S6 (female) in a time of 5 min 19.17 sec at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Speaking on her record, Simmonds said: “What an absolute honour it is to be included in the Guinness World Records 2015 book.
Ever since being bought one of the books as a child, I’ve absolutely adored the series, and have always looked forward to the next edition, so it’s wonderful – if not a little surreal – to be included myself this time around!”
Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief , Craig Glenday, said: “The sports superlatives are, quite literally, the fastest moving categories at Guinness World Records, and as our new and updated records prove, no elite sport is safe from competitors constantly pushing at the boundaries. This year’s anniversary edition has also given us the chance to reflect on how much has changed in 60 years, and no where have these changes been as dramatic as they have in sports.”
Guinness World Records 2015 is the 60 th anniversary edition of the world’s best-selling copyright book and is available worldwide in September.
It’s packed full of incredible feats, facts and achievements and also features new Augmented Reality technology that enables the reader to bring record-breakers to life in stunning 3D.
You can find out more about the book, and sign up to be notified when it becomes available in your region, by heading to www.guinnessworldrecords.com/2015
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