Rio 2016 round-up: Estonian girls become first triplets to compete in Olympic marathon
By Rachel Swatman
Here Guinness World Records rounds-up the incredible record-breaking achievements that have taken place at the Rio 2016 Olympics over the past few days – including records from three identical Estonian triplets, British Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and a 15-year-old table tennis medallist from Japan.
First triplets to compete in the Olympic marathon (female)
Three identical sisters from Estonia made history on Sunday morning when they became the first ever triplets to compete in the Olympic marathon.
Named Liina, Lily and Leila Luik (pictured above), they referred to themselves as the “Trio to Rio” and their run was sponsored by the Estonian Tourist Board.
The 30-year-old triplets only took up the sport six years ago but Lily came a respectable 97th and Leila was 114th. Unfortunately Liina was unable to complete the gruesome event on the day, but all three names are now etched in the record books for life.
Most consecutive Olympic singles tennis gold medals
Scottish tennis superstar Andy Murray won his second Olympic gold medal on Sunday, after winning his first in singles tennis in front of a home crowd at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
The Wimbledon champion and current world No.2 beat Argentina’s Juan Martin del Portro in an exciting final that lasted a exhausting four hours and two minutes.
The Scottish tennis player had to win six tough matches in order to take home the gold medal.
The first player in history to win two singles gold medals 🏅 🏅
An intense weightlifting final saw new world records fall for both Lasha Talakhadze from Georgia and Behdad Salimkordasiabi from Iran.
Lasha first set a new record for the heaviest weightlifting +105 kg snatch with 215 kg, but this was immediately bettered by strongman Behdad who lifted a staggering 216 kg – regaining the title he first won in 2011.
However, Lasha won the Olympic gold after achieving the world’s heaviest weightlifting +105 kg total with an unbelievable 472 kg.
Most consecutive Olympic beach volleyball games won by an individual (female)
US beach volleyball star Kerry Walsh-Jennings won an unprecedented 26 games in row.
However, on Copacabana beach on Tuesday night Kerry ended her winning steak as the US team lost to the host nation in a game than ended 2-0 to Brazil.
Most synchronised swimming Olympic golds
Russia won its ninth syncro swimming Olympic gold on Tuesday, as Natalia Ischenko and Svetlana Romashina successfully defended their title.
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 and Svetlana 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.