The 15 Greatest Record-Breaking Performances in Summer Olympic History

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The 15 Greatest Record-Breaking Performances in Summer Olympic History
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It's an accomplishment to win a gold medal at the Summer Olympics, but it's even greater to do so in record-breaking fashion.

When you think of overtaking records, Michael Phelps at the 2008 Beijing Games shouldn't be the only name that comes to mind.

There are many more record-smashers who captured one or several gold medals in spectacular ways.

As the 2012 London Games approach, here's a look back at the 15 greatest record-breaking showings in Summer Olympics history.

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