Talking Records: Complete list of world, Olympics records broken at Rio 2016

Besides 27 world records, the Rio Games also witnessed as many as 91 Olympic records broken.

By Jayanta Oinam | Updated: Sep 02, 2016, 00:30 AM IST

India failed to make an impact at the recently concluded Rio Games but plenty of world and Olympic records were set during the Games.

Here's the complete list of world records broken during the XXXI Olympiad.


Kim Woo-jin (South Korea): Men's individual — The 24-year-old shot a world record of 700 out of possible 720 in the ranking round. But the world number one suffered a shock defeat in the second round, losing to Indonesia's Riau Ega Agatha. But, he managed to win gold medal with the South Korean men's team.


Almaz Ayana (Ethiopia): Women's 10,000 metres — In the women's 10,000 metre final, Ethiopian Almaz Ayana clocked 29:17.45 to gold medal, and in the process, broke Wang Junxia's four-year-old record. She also won bronze medal in the 5000m event.

Wayde van Niekerk (South Africa): Men's 400 metres — Wayde van Niekerk's stunning performance at Rio Olympics was one of the talking points of the 2016 Games. The 24-year-old South African won the men's 800 metre gold medal, legendary Michael Johnson's 17-year-old record. His performance was so impressive that Usain bolt interrupted his own victory celebration moments after winning the 100 meters to seek out van Niekerk and congratulate him.

Anita Włodarczyk (Poland): Women's hammer throw — Anita Wlodarczyk is already a legend. But at the Rio Olympics, the Polish crossed the 82 metre for the first time in women's Hammer Throw. The 31-year-old improved her own world record by throwing a massive 82.29 m (269 ft 11 in) in the final.


Great Britain: Women's team pursuit — British team of Katie Archibald, Laura Trott, Elinor Barker and the celebrated Jaoanna Rowsell-Shand clocked 4:13.260 in the qualification. In the finals, they beat the American team of Sarah Hammer, Kelly Catlin, Chloe Dygert and Jennifer Valente to win gold medals.

China: Women's team sprint — The experienced pair of Gong Jinjie and Zhong Tianshi clocked 31.928 in the first round to create a new world record in the team sprint. They went onto win the gold medals beating Russian team of Daria Shmeleva and Anastasia Voynova of Russia.

Great Britain: Men's team pursuit — The British quartet of Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Owain Doull and Bradley Wiggins has already been regarded as one the greatest team in cycling. The team defended the Olympic title in Rio with a blistering pace of 3'50"265 with Owain Doull coming in for Peter Kennaugh. For the records, the team broke the record twice on the same day, and since 2004 Athens Games, the British team has won all the major events.


Adam Peaty (Great Britain): Men's 100 metre breaststroke — The 21-year-old British swimmer broke two world records in two days, justifying the tag given to him as one of the rising stars of swimming. On August 6, he broke his own world record only to improve the following day, in the final. The current record stands at 57.13.

Katinka Hosszu (Hungary): Women's 400 metre individual medley — Hungarian Individual Medley specialist broke Chinese legend Ye Shiwen's world and Olympic record with a timing of 4:26.36. Known as the "Iron Lady" in swimming circles, Hosszu the field to win first of her four medals in Rio. She also went to win gold medals in 100 m backstroke and 200 m medley, and also a silver in 200 m backstroke.

Australia: Women's 4×100 metre freestyle relay — Australian quartet of Emma McKeon, Brittany Elmslie, Bronte Campbell and Cate Campbell broke the previous record also featuring the Campbell sisters. The current record stands at 3:30.65.

Sarah Sjostrom (Sweden): Women's 100 metre butterfly — The 21-year-old sprint and butterfly specialist from Stockholm won three medals — a gold, a silver and a bronze – in Rio. She also improved her own world record in the 100m butterfly in the final, with a timing of 55.48.

Katie Ledecky (United States): Women's 400 metre, Women's 800 metre freestyle — The teen sensation from Washington, DC scorched the Olympic Aquatics Stadium with four gold medals and a silver, which included two new world records – in 400m and 800m freestyle events. Both the records have been in her name for some time, since her breakout season in 2014.

*American swimmer Ryan Murphy broke both the Olympic and world record for the men's 100 metre backstroke in the Men's 4×100 m medley relay final in Rio. He, Cody Miller, Michael Phelps and Nathan Adrian went on to win the event with Olympic record.


Long Qingquan (China): Men's 56 kg — Like swimming, weightlifting also witnessed many broken records in Rio, and Chinese Long Qingquan started set the tone. The 25-year-old reigning champion lifted a combined total of 307 kg in men's 56 kg event to break Turkish legend Halil Mutlu's 16-year-old world record of 305 kg.

Deng Wei (China): Women's 63 kg — The 23-year-old kept the Chinese legacy in women's 63 kg event by breaking two world records – in clean & jerk and total. Both the records were in compatriot Diao Weiwei's name. The current record stands at 147 kg in clean and jerk and 262 kg in total.

Lu Xiaojun (China): Men's 77 kg — He is one of the three Chinese lifters to set a new world record in Rio. The London Games gold medalist looked like defend the title after lifting a new world record 177 kg in snatch and 202 kg in clean and jerk for a total of 379. But he settled for silver, losing to Nijat Rahimov of Kazakhstan, who also lifted the same weight...

Nijat Rahimov (Kazakhstan): Men's 77 kg — In an eventful Men's 77 kg event, Kazhak lifter stole the gold medal away from favorite Lyu Xiaojun. The 23-year-old set a new world record in clean and jerk by lifting 214 kg, and was tied with the Chinese lifter at 379. Rahimov then won the gold by virtue of lighter body-weight. The win set off a wild victory celebration in the Kazakh camp, with the lifter himself setting the tone.

Kianoush Rostami (Iran): Men's 85 kg — Kianoush Rostami lifted a world record total of 396 kg in Men's 85 kg event at Rio Olympics. His lift was 2 kg more that Belarusian Andrei Ribakou. The Iranian Kurdish weightlifter already held the Clean & Jerk world record with a lift of 220 kg three months before the Rio Games.

Lasha Talakhadze (Georgia): Men's +105 kg — Snatch*, Total — Lasha Talakhadze lifted a total of 473 kg to win the gold medal in Men's +105 kg weightlifting event, breaking Iranian Hossein Rezazadeh's previous world record of 472 kg. The The Georgian big man also created a new world record when he lifted 215 kg at Snatch, also previously held by Rezazadeh.

*In the same competition, London gold medalist Behdad Salimi lifted 216 kg at Snatch, but the Iranian failed to complete his Clean & Jerk after having lifts overturned by the judges and jury.

Behdad Salimi (Iran): Men's +105 kg - Snatch — The men's +105 Weightlifting competition at the Rio Games was one of the most controversial events. Defending champion Salimi, who entered the competition as the world record holder at Snatch, lifted 216 kg to beat Talakhadze's lift by 1 kg. But the "Iranian Hercules" ended without a classification after he failed to register a lift at Clean & Jerk.

Besides these 27 world records, the Rio Games also witnessed as many as 91 Olympic records. (All world records are invariably Olympic records). Brazilian Thiago Braz da Silva's epic effort to beat world record holder Renaud Lavillenie in Men's Pole Vault and Singapore school boy Joseph Schooling's shock win in star-studded Men's 100 metre butterfly final will be remembered for a long time.

In the Men's Pole Vault final, the fight was reduced to two men – defending champion and world record holder Lavillenie and home favorite Braz da Silva – after the height was increased to 5.93 metre.

Risk taking Braz cleared 6.03 m on his second attempt, but Lavillenie passed it, and went for 6.08 m. The French legend, in rain, failed to clear and gold medal went to the Brazilian.

In the Men's 100 metre Butterfly final, 21-year-old Schooling beat Phelps, Chad le Clos and Laszlo Cseh to win the gold medal, with the three superstars clocking same timing of 51.14 seconds.

OLYMPIC RECORDS (excluding world records):


Kim Woo-jin (South Korea): Men's Individual – 72 Arrow Ranking Round


Conseslus Kipruto (Kenya): Men's 3,000 m Steeplechase
Thiago Braz da Silva (Brazil): Men's Pole Vault
Ryan Crouser (United States): Men's Shot Put
Ashton Eaton (Unites States): Men's Decathlon (Shares with Roman Sebrle of Czech Republic)
Vivian Cheruiyot (Kenya): Women's 5,000 metres


Jason Kenny (Great Britain): Men's Flying 200 metre Time Trial
Great Britain (Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny,Callum Skinner): Men's Team sprint
Lasse Norman Hansen (Denmark): Men's 4000 m Individual Pursuit
Becky James (Great Britain): Women's Flying 200 metre Time Trial


Sergey Kamenskiy (Russia): Men's 50 metre Rifle Three Positions – Qualifications; Men's 50 metre Rifle Prone – Qualifications; 50 metre Rifle Prone – Total
Niccolo Campriani (Italy): Men's 50 metre Rifle Three Positions – Finals; Men's10 metre Air Rifle – Qualifications, Final, Total
Henri Junghanel (Germany): 50 m Rifle Prone
Jin Jong-oh (South Korea): Men's 50 metre Pistol – Final, Total
Christian Reitz (Germany): 25 m Rapid Fire Pistol – Qualification, Final
Hoang Xuan Vinh (Vietnam): Men's 10 m Air Pistol – Final, Total
Andreas Low (Germany), James Willett (Australia): Men's Double Trap – Qualification
Abdullah Al-Rashidi (Independent Olympic Athletes), Marcus Svensson (Sweden): Men's Skeet – Qualification
Petra Zublasing (Italy): Women's 50 m Rifle Three Positions – Qualification
Barbara Engleder (Germany): Women's 50 m Rifle Three Positions – Final
Du Li (China): Women's 10 m Air Rifle – Qualification
Virginia Thrasher (United States): Women's 10 m Air Rifle – Final
Zhang Jingjing (China): Women's 25 m Pistol – Qualification
Zhang Mengxue (China): Women's 10 m Air Pistol – Final
Vitalina Batsarashkina (Russia): Women's 10 m Air Pistol – Total
Wei Meng (China): Women's Skeet – Qualification


Ippei Watanabe (Japan): Men's 200 metre Breaststroke
Joseph Schooling (Singapore): Men's 100 metre Butterfly
United States (Ryan Murphy, Cody Miller, Michael Phelps, Nathan Adrian): Men's 4×100 metre Medley Relay
Simone Manuel (United States), Penny Oleksiak (Canada): Women's 100 metre Freestyle
Lilly King (United States): Women's 100 m Breaststroke
Katinka Hosszu (Hungary): Women's 200 m Individual Medley


Long Qingquan (China): Men's 56kg – Clean & Jerk
Tian Tao (China): Men's 85kg – Clean & Jerk
Ruslan Nurudinov: Men's 105 kg – Clean & Jerk
Li Yajun (China): Women's 53kg – Snatch
Sukanya Srisurat (Thailand): Women's 58kg – Snatch