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The 2012 London Olympics seemed to breeze by, with some great athletic competitions and new rivalries. In fact, they may easily be the greatest Olympics. The many athletes trained hard and performed under incredible pressure. The competition was so fierce that the result was many spectacular world records. No matter what is your favorite Olympic sport, these Olympics satisfied.

Here are the world record winners:


Im Dong-Hyun (KOR) men's individual, 699 points: The Michael Jordan of archery, Im Dong-Hyun may be legally blind, but he dominated everyone around him and also helped the Korean men's team win the world record and the gold.

Im Dong-Hyun, Kim Bub-Min, Oh Jin-Hyek (KOR) men's team, 2087 points: The dream team of archery, this team dominated this event, took home the gold and established a world record.

Track and Field:

David Rudisha (KEN), 800m, 140.91: My star of the 2012 Olympics, David Rudisha beat his own world record by .10 seconds and promises to be a force in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight, Carmelita Jeter (USA) 4x100m, 40.82: Destroying the 27-year old record, these women showed how teamwork and skill merged into success.

Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt (JAM) 4x100 36.84: This amazing all-star team bolted into world record history with speed and with personality.

Elena Lashmanova (RUS) 20km walk, 1:25:02: Elena Lasmanova came from nowhere and not only won the gold, but the world record as well.


Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny, Philip Hindes (GBR) team sprint, 42.600 seconds: Cheered on by the home crowd, this British men's sprint team won the gold and established the world record.

Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Pete Kannaugh, Geraint Thomas (GBR) team pursuit, 52.499: This British team beat out their tough Australian rivals and set the world record and the British crowds aflutter.

Guo Shuang, Gong Jinjie (CHN) team sprint, 32.526: Beating the German record earlier this year, this woman's cycling duo commenced the debut of this event with a world record.

Dani King, Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell (GBR) team pursuit, 3:14.051: This British trio thrilled their British supporters by getting the world record and the gold with a speed of 5 seconds over the silver medal winning Americans competitors.


Alexei Klimov (RUS) 25m rapid fire pistol, 592 points: During the qualification round, Klimov beat his own world record, yet, sadly, failed to achieve a medal due to the newly implemented rules.


Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) 100m breaststroke, 58.46: Cameron van der Burgh double dolphin kicked his way to the gold medal and to the world record.

Daniel Gyurta (HUN) 200m breaststroke, 2:07.28: Don't be fooled by Daniel Gyurta's relaxed start, because he is a fierce competitor and set a world record. Perhaps one of the most heartwarming Olympic stories, he offered the parent's of recently deceased competitor, Alexander Dale Oen, a replica of his gold medal.

Sun Yang (CNA) 1500m freestyle, 14:31.02: Breaking his own freestyle record, Sun Yang was a full 8 seconds ahead of the pack, setting a world record in this very grueling event.

Missy Franklin (USA) 200 m backstroke, 2:04.06:

Living up to the incredible hype, Missy Franklin won the gold medal, the world record and the respect of all cheering Americans.

Rebecca Soni (USA) 200 m breaststroke, 2:19.59: Beating her own previous world record by 1 second, Rebecca Soni is in a class of her own.

Dana Vollmer (USA) 100 m butterfly, 55.98: Wining the world record by .02 seconds, Dana Vollmer was a true Olympic hero, never giving up and giving it her all.

Ye Shiwen (CNA) 400 m individual medley, 4:28.43: Shattering the world record at 16, we are all looking forward to Ye Shiwen competing in future Olympic games.

Missy Franklin (58.50), Rebecca Soni (1:04.82) Dana Vollmar (55.48) Allison Schmitt (53.25) (USA) 4x100m medley relay, 3:52.05: This dream team of women swimmers worked their strengths and easily set the world record.


Kim Un Guk (DPR) 62kg combined, 327 kilos: Kim Un Guk set this world record and tied the 337kg world record at the snatch.

Lu Xiaojun (CNA) 77kg snatch and combined, snatch 179kg, combined 379kg: The only Olympian, in his class, to lift over 200 kilos on the clean and jerk, Lu Xiaojun lifted himself over the competition and set the world record.

Ilya Ilyin (KAZ) 94kg, clean and jerk and combined, clean and jerk 233 kg, combined 418kg: Ilya Ilyin astounded the crowds with his weightlifting prowess and world record performance.

Zulfiya Chinshanlo (KAZ) 53kg clean and jerk, 131kg: Zulfiya Chinshanlo cleanly lifted a world record performance and lived up the incredible pressure.

Tatiana Kashirina (RUS) 75 plus kg, snatch, 151kg: Not only did Tatiana Kashirina get the world reacord in a snatch, but she also won the silver medal in the +75kg category.

Zhou Lulu (CNA) 75 plus kg, combined, 333kg: Zhou Lulu set a new weightlifting standard with her world record lift, leaving many to predict that she will have many more accomplishments in the future.

Georgia Makitalo fell in love with the Olympics while watching the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games on television and personally attended the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

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