An incredible variety of significant world records were set at the Rio 2016 Olympics over the course of the weekend.
Here Guinness World Records shines a spotlight on some of the amazing feats that have been achieved at the Games over the past few days.
Fastest run 400 metres (male)
Last night one of South Africa’s star athletes, Wayde van Niekerk, smashed Michael Johnson’s (USA) 17-year-old record with a sensational time of 43.03 seconds.
The 24-year-old track runner, who carried his country’s flag at the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics, bettered the record of 43.18 that was set by Johnson back in 1999.
August 15, 2016
Most Olympic medals won, MenSwimming phenomenon Michael Phelps today officially announced his retirement after an impressive medal haul in Rio which has seen him extend his record for being the most decorated male Olympian of all timeThe 31-year-old notched up an incredible five golds and one silver to bring his total medal count to 28 over the course of four Olympics."The Baltimore Bullet" has competed in five Olympic Games but did not manage to get among the medals back in 2000 while swimming in Sydney.Of the 28 medals Phelps has won, 23 are gold. Only 37 countries have taken home more medals.
Oldest Olympic individual swimming gold medalist (male)At the age of 35 years and 78 days, Olympic veteran Anthony Ervin earned gold for Team USA in the 50 metres freestyle swimming competition on Friday – winning by just 1/100th of a second.Anthony has broken Michael Phelps’ record as the oldest Olympic individual swimming gold medalist just a couple of days after Phelps earned it by winning the men’s 200 m butterfly.Anthony also set a brand new world record for the Longest time between individual swimming Olympic gold medals, as it has been 15 years 325 days.
Most Olympic team gold medals - DressageGermany galloped into the record books by extending their gold medal count to 13 after a team of Sonke Rothenberger, Dorothee Schneider, Kristina Broring-Sprehe and Isabell Werth scored an impressive 81.936 points.Their other golds came in 1928, 1936, 1964-68, 1976, 1984-2008. (Germany's unprecedented streak of 7 consecutive team golds was finally ended at the London 2012 games when host nation Great Britain won by a point.)This team achievement led to a personal record for Isabell Werth, who has equalled Dr Reiner Klimke's long-standing record for the Most Olympic gold medals - Dressage, after winning her sixth.Jamaica's Usain Bolt set a record for the Most consective gold medals won in the 100 metre (male) after coming first in the race for the third time in a row, American swimming superstar Michael Phelps finished the 2016 Olympics with a 26th gold medal - the Most gold medals won at the Olympics (male) - and Team USA has the Most Olympic gold medals won by a country in a single discipline after one of its athletes won gold in long jump for the 22nd time.