Summer Olympic World Records: Best Performances in Each Event

Tyler Donohue@@TDsTakeNational Recruiting AnalystJuly 24, 2012

Summer Olympic World Records: Best Performances in Each Event

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    Medals aren't the only prize up for grabs at the 2012 London Olympics. Every Summer Games presents an opportunity for the world's greatest athletes to measure themselves up against their predecessors by pursuing Olympic records.

    During the 2008 Games in Beijing, we witnessed Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt assault the record books with all-time performances that etched their places in the pantheon of Olympic greats. More records are sure to fall in London, where the globe's elite competitors are busy hunting down gold-medal glory and a shot at Olympic immortality. 

    Some records fall more frequently than others. All but one women's Olympic swimming record was bested in Beijing, while American Bob Beamon's record long jump performance at the 1968 Mexico City Games continues to serve as a benchmark in Olympic competition nearly a half-century after the legendary leap.

    Olympic records provide an additional challenge for those looking to make an indelible impact on the Summer Games. From Phelps to Flo Jo, stars emerge at every Olympics.

    As we wonder who might steal the spotlight in London, here's a look at heralded records that many athletes are chasing.

Men's Track and Field

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    100 meterUsain Bolt, Jamaica, 2008 Beijing, 9.69 

    (World record—9.58—Usain Bolt, 2009) 

    200 meterUsain Bolt, 2008 Beijing, 19.30 

    Bolt's brilliance in Beijing thrust him into the global spotlight as the World's Fastest Man and his confident (cocky may be more appropriate) demeanor made the Jamaican sprinter a marketing star. His legendary performances in the 200- and 100-meter dashes left even his competitors in awe, as evidenced by American medalist Shawn Crawford's post-race comments.

    “What Bolt has done, he’s made history,” Crawford told The New York Times. “He added spirit to the sport. He danced for us in the introduction. He danced for us at the end. He put on a show. To me, I feel like him and athletics is like Michael Phelps and swimming. He raised the bar for us in athletics.”

    (WR—19.19—Usain Bolt, 2009)

    400 meterMichael Johnson, U.S., 1996 Atlanta, 43.49

    (WR—43:18—Michael Johnson, 1999)

    800 meter—Vebjørn Rodal, Norway, 1996 Atlanta, 1:42.58 

    (WR—1:41.01—David Rudisha, Kenya, 2010)

    1,500 meterNoah Ngeny, Kenya, 2000 Sydney, 3:32.07 

    (WR—3:26.00—Hicham El Guerrouj, Morocco, 1998)

    5,000 meterKenenisa Bekele, Ethiopia, 2008 Beijing, 12:57.82 

    (WR—12:37.35—Kenenisa Bekele, 2004)

    10,000 meter—Kenenisa Bekele, 2008 Beijing, 27:01.17

    Bekele's performance in Beijing may have been overshadowed by Bolt, but the Ethiopian was every bit as dominant, setting two Olympic records. In London, Bekele could become the first man to win gold in the 10,000 meter three times.

    (WR—26:17.53—Kenenisa Bekele, 2005)

    Marathon—Samuel Wanjiru, Kenya, 2008 Beijing, 2:06:32   

    (WR—2:03:38—Patrick Makau Musyoki, Kenya, 2011)

    110 meter hurdlesLiu Xiang, China, 2004 Athens, 12.91 

    (WR—12.87—Dayron Robles, Cuba 2011)

    400 meter hurdles—Kevin Young, U.S., 1992 Barcelona, 46.78 (WR)   

    Young's record is the only Olympic men's athletics mark that also stands as a world record. He galloped to victory in Barcelona, well ahead of the competition, which you can see here.

    3,000 meter steeplechase—Julius Kariuki, Kenya, 1988 Seoul, 8:05.51 

    (WR—7:53.63—Saif Saaeed Shaheen, Qatar 2004)

    4×100 meter relay—Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell, Jamaica, 2008 Beijing, 37.10  

    (WR—37.04—Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, Jamaica, 2011)

    4×400 meter relay—LaShawn Merritt, Angelo Taylor, David Neville and Jeremy Wariner, U.S., 2008 Beijing, 2:55.39   

    (WR—2:54.29—Andrew Valmon, Quincy Watts, Butch Reynolds and Michael Johnson, U.S., 1993)

    20 kilometer walk—Robert Korzeniowski, Poland, 2000 Sydney, 1:18:59   

    (WR—1:17:16—Vladimir Kanaykin, Russia, 2007)

    50 kilometer walk—Alex Schwazer, Italy, 2008 Beijing, 3:37:09   

    (WR—3:35:27—Yohann Diniz, France, 2011)

    High jump—Charles Austin, U.S., 1996 Atlanta, 2.39 meters

    (WR—2.45 meters—Javier Sotomayor, Cuba, 1993)

    Long jump—Bob Beamon, U.S., 1968 Mexico City, 8.90 meters  

    Beamon's "perfect jump" is the oldest record in Olympic athletics. He leaped into history by breaking Jesse Owen's revered mark with a jump so impressive that it has stifled generations of great Olympians.

    (WR—8.95 meters—Mike Powell, U.S., 1991)

    Pole vault—Steven Hooker, Australia, 2008 Beijing, 5.96 meters

    (WR—6.14 meters—Sergey Bubka, Ukraine, 1994)

    Triple jump—Kenny Harrison, U.S., 1996 Atlanta, 18.09 meters

    (WR—18.29 meters—Jonathan Edwards, U.S., 1995)

    Shot put—Ulf Timmermann, East Germany, 1988 Seoul, 22.47 meters  

    (WR—23.12 meters—Randy Barnes, U.S., 1990)

    Discus throw—Virgilijus Alekna, Lithuania, 2004 Athens, 69.89 meters 

    (WR—74.08 meters—Jurgen Schult, East Germany, 1986)

    Hammer throw—Sergey Litvinov, Soviet Union, 1988 Seoul, 84.80 meters

    (WR—86.74 meters—Yuriy Sedykh, Soviet Union, 1986)

    Javelin throw—Andreas Thorkildsen, Norway, 2008 Beijing, 90.57 meters

    (WR—98.48 meters—Jan Zelezny, Czech Republic, 1996)

    Decathlon—Roman Sebrle, Czech Republic, 2004 Athens, 8893 points

    Of all the records on this list, Sebrle's decathlon mark may be the most likely to fall. Ashton Easton eclipsed Sebrle's world record while competing at the 2012 U.S. Team Trials in Eugene, Ore. last month. The 24-year-old compiled 9,039 points and he is among the premier, topping an 11-year-old mark by 13 points. Many believe Eaton will display similar dominance in London.  

    (WR—9,039 points—Ashton Eaton, U.S., 2012)

Women's Track and Field

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    100 meter—Florence Griffith-Joyner, U.S., 1988 Seoul, 10.62

    (WR—10.49—Florence Griffith-Joyner, U.S., 1988)


    200 meter—Florence Griffith-Joyner, 1988 Seoul, 21.34 (WR)

    Almost a quarter-century later, Flo Jo's 200-meter mark remains the all-time world record. It is one of just two individual Olympic women's track records that also stands as a world record. By the way, she also holds the world record in the 100-meter dash, which she also set in 1988, outside of Olympic competition.


    400 meter—Marie-Jose Perec, France, 1996 Atlanta, 48.25

    (WR—47.60—Marita Koch, East Germany, 1985)


    800 meter—Nadezhda Olizarenko, Soviet Union, 1980 Moscow, 1:53.43

    (WR—1:53.28—Jarmila Kratochvilova, Czech Republic, 1983)


    1,500 meter—Paula Ivan, Romania, 1988 Seoul, 3:53.96

    Ivan absolutely cruised to a gold medal in the event at the '88 Olympics. Her margin of victory in the 1,500 (nearly seven seconds) remains the largest to this day.

    (WR—3:50.46—Qu Yunxia, China, 1993)


    5,000 meter—Gabriela Szabo, Romania, 2000 Sydney, 14:40.79

    (WR—14:11.15—Tirunesh Dibaba, Ethiopia, 2008)


    10,000 meter—Tirunesh Dibaba, Ethiopia, 2008 Beijing, 29:54.66

    (WR—29:31.78—Wang Junxia, China, 1993)


    Marathon—Naoko Takahashi, Japan, 2000 Sydney, 2:23:14

    Remarkably, Takahashi's Olympic record remains more than seven minutes behind the all-time women's world record set by Paula Radcliffe in 2003. 

    (WR—2:15:25—Paula Radcliffe, Great Britain, 2003)


    100 meter hurdles—Joanna Hayes, U.S., 2004 Athens, 12.37

    (WR—12.21—Yordanka Donkova, Bulgaria, 1988)


    400 meter hurdles—Melanie Walker, Jamaica, 2008 Beijing, 52.64

    This was one of four new Olympic records established by Jamaican runners at the 2008 Games.

    (WR—52.34—Yuliya Pechonkina, Russia, 2003)


    3,000 meter steeplechase —Gulnara Galkina-Samitova, Russia, 2008 Beijing, 8:58.81 (WR)

    This mark joins Griffith-Joyner's 200 meter finish as the only individual Olympic women's running records to double as world records.


    4x100 meter relay—Romy Muller, Barbel Wockel, Ingrid Auerswald and Marlies Gohr, East Germany, 1980 Moscow, 41.60

    (WR—41.37—Silke Gladisch, Sabine Rieger, Ingrid Auerswald and Marlies Gohr, East Germany, 1985)


    4x400 meter relay—Tatyana Ledovskaya, Olga Nazarova, Mariya Pinigina and Olga Bryzgina, Soviet Union, 1988 Seoul, 3:15.17 (WR)

    The Soviets' performance still stands as the all-time world record in the 4x400.


    20 kilometer walk—Olga Kaniskina, Russia, 2008 Beijing, 1:26:31

    (WR—1:25:08—Vera Sokolova, Russia , 2011)


    High jump—Yelena Slesarenko, Russia, 2004 Athens, 2.06 meters

    (WR—2.09 meters—Stefka Kostadinova, Bulgaria, 1987)


    Long jump—Jackie Joyner-Kersee, U.S., 1988 Seoul, 7.40 meters

    (WR—7.52 meters—Galina Chistyakova, Soviet Union, 2009)


    Pole vault—Yelena Isinbayeva, Russia, 2008 Beijing, 5.05 meters

    (WR—5.06 meters—Yelena Isinbayeva, Russia, 2009)


    Triple jump—Francoise Mbango Etone, Cameroon, 2008 Beijing, 15.39 meters

    (WR—15.50 meters—Inessa Kravets, Ukraine, 1995)


    Shot put—Ilona Slupianek, East Germany, 1980 Moscow, 22.41 meters

    (WR—22.63 meters—Natalya Lisovskaya, Soviet Union, 1987)


    Discus throw—Martina Hellmann, East Germany, 1988 Seoul, 72.30 meters

    (WR—76.80 meters—Gabriele Reinsch, East Germany, 1987)


    Hammer throw—Aksana Miankova, Belarus, 2008 Seoul, 76.34 meters

    (WR—79.42 meters—Betty Heidler, Germany, 2011)


    Javelin throw—Osleidys Menendez, Cuba, 2004 Athens, 71.53 meters

    (WR—72.28 meters—Barbora Spotakova, Czech Republic, 2008)


    Heptathlon—Jackie Joyner-Kersee, 1988 Seoul, 7,291 points (WR)

    Joyner-Kersee teamed up with fellow American Griffith-Joyner to dominate the '88 Games. Both stars still hold two all-time Olympic marks, each set in Seoul.

Men's Swimming

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    50 meter freestyle—César Cielo Filho, Brazil, 2008 Beijing, 21.30

    Filho called this race his best race ever immediately after the victory.  

    (World record—20.91—Cesar Cielo, Brazil, 2009) 

    100 meter freestyle—Eamon Sullivan, Australia, 2008 Beijing, 47.05

    (WR—46.91—Cesar Cielo, 2009)

    200 meter freestyle—Michael Phelps, U.S., 2008 Beijing, 1:42.96

    (WR—1:42.00—Paul Biedermann, Germany, 2009)

    400 meter freestyle—Ian Thorpe, Australia, 2000 Sydney, 3:40.59

    Although no men's Olympic swimming record from the 20th century has survived, the Thorpedo's performance in his homeland has managed to stand since 2000. It's the oldest record on this list.

    (WR—3:40.07—Paul Biedermann, Germany, 2009)

    1,500 meter freestyle—Grant Hackett, Australia, 2008 Beijing, 14:38.92

    (WR—14:34.14—Sun Yang, China, 2011)

    100 meter backstroke—Aaron Peirsol, U.S., 2008 Beijing, 52.54

    (WR—51.94—Aaron Peirsol, U.S., 2009)

    200 meter backstroke—Ryan Lochte, U.S., 2008 Beijing, 1:53.94

    (WR—1:51.92—Aaron Peirsol, U.S., 2009)

    100 meter breaststroke—Kosuke Kitajima, Japan, 2008 Beijing, 58.91

    (WR—58.58—Brenton Rickard, Australia, 2009)

    200M breaststroke—Kosuke Kitajima, 2008 Beijing, 2:07.64

    Kitajima enters the 2012 Olympics as the two-time defending champion in both breaststroke events.  

    (WR—2:07.31—Christian Sprenger, Australia, 2009)

    100 meter butterfly—Michael Phelps, 2008 Beijing, 50.58

    (WR—49.82—Michael Phelps, 2009)

    Of the five individual Olympic records set by Phelps in Beijing, this was the most thrilling. His come-from-behind victory in the 100 meter butterfly is documented in this series of photos.

    200 meter butterfly—Michael Phelps, 2008 Beijing, 1:52.03

    (WR—1:51.51—Michael Phelps, 2009)

    200 meter individual medley—Michael Phelps, 2008 Beijing, 1:54.23

    (WR—1:54.00—yan Lochte, U.S., 2011)

    400 meter individual medley—Michael Phelps, 2008 Beijing, 4:03.84 (WR)

    Another one of Phelps's masterpiece swims, this one established yet another world record.

    4x100 meter freestyle relay—Michael Phelps, Garrett Weber-Gale, Cullen Jones and Jason Lezak,U.S., 2008 Beijing, 3:08.24 (WR)

    The American foursome set a new world record in the event, with Lezak (46.06) leading the way.

    4x200 meter freestyle relay—Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Ricky Berens and Peter Vanderkaay, U.S., 2008 Beijing, 6:58.56

    (WR—6:58.55 Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Ricky Berens and David Walters, U.S., 2009)

    4x100 meter medley relay—Aaron Peirsol, Brendan Hansen, Michael Phelps and Jason Lezak, U.S., 2008 Beijing, 3:29.34

    (WR—3:27.28—Aaron Peirsol, Eric Shanteau, Michael Phelps and David Walters, U.S., 2009)

    Lezak again led the charge with a U.S.-best leg time of 46.76.

Women's Swimming

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    50 meter freestyle—Britta Steffen, Germany, 2008 Beijing, 24.06 seconds

    (WR—23.73—Britta Steffen, 2009)

    100 meter freestyle—Britta Steffen, 2008 Beijing, 53.12

    (WR—52.07—Britta Steffan, 2009)

    200 meter freestyle—Federica Pellegrini, Italy,  2008 Beijing, 1:54.82

    (WR—1:52.98—Fredrica Pellegrini, 2009)

    400 meter freestyle—Federica Pellegrini, 2008 Beijing, 4:02.19 

    (WR—3:59.15—Federica Pellegrini, 2009)

    800 meter freestyle—Rebecca Adlington, Great Britain, 2008 Beijing, 8:14.10 (WR)

    100 meter backstroke—Kirsty Coventry, Zimbabwe, 2008 Beijing, 58.77

    (WR—58.12—Gemma Spofforth, Great Britain, 2009)

    200 meter backstroke—Kirsty Coventry, 2008 Beijing, 2:05.24

    (WR—2:04.81—Kristy Coventry, 2009)

    100 meter breaststroke—Leisel Jones, Australia, 2008 Beijing, 1:05.17

    (WR—1:04.45—Jessica Hardy, U.S., 2009)

    200 meter breaststroke—Rebecca Soni, U.S., 2008 Beijing, 2:20.22

    (WR—2:20.12—Annamay Pierse, Canada, 2009)

    100 meter butterfly—Inge de Bruijn, Netherlands, 2000 Sydney, 56.61 

    (WR—56.06—Sarah Sjöström, Sweden, 2009)

    de Bruijn's Olympic record was the only one not to fall at the 2008 Games. The women's swimming record book was bombarded in Beijing

    200 meter butterfly—Liu Zige, China, 2008 Beijing, 2:04.18 

    (WR—2:01.81—Liu Zige, 2009)

    200 meter individual medley—Stephanie Rice, Australia, 2008 Beijing, 2:08.45

    (WR—2:06.15—Ariana Kukors, U.S., 2009)

    400 meter individual medley—Stephanie Rice, 2008 Beijing, 4:29.45 (WR)

    4×100 meter freestyle relay—Inge Dekker, Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Femke Heemskerk and Marleen Veldhuis, Netherlands, 2008 Beijing, 3:33.76

    (WR—3:31.72—Inge Dekker, Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Femke Heemskerk and Marleen Veldhuis, Netherlands, 2009)

    4×200 meter freestyle relay—Stephanie Rice, Bronte Barratt, Kylie Palmer and Linda Mackenzie, Australia, 2008 Beijing, 7:44.31

    (WR—7:42.08—ang Yu, Liu Jing, Zhu Qianwei and Pang Jiaying, China, 2009)

    4×100 meter medley relay—Emily Seebohm, Leisel Jones, Jessicah Schipper and Libby Trickett, Australia, 2008 Beijing, 3:52.69

    (WR—3:52.19—Zhao Jing, Chen Huijia, Jiao Liuyang and Li Zhesi, China, 2009)

Men's Cycling

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    Sprint—Chris Hoy, Great Britain, 2008 Beijing, 9.815 seconds

    Individual pursuit—Bradley Wiggins, Great Britain, 2008 Beijing, 4:15.031 

    1 kilometer time trial—Chris Hoy, Great Britain, 2004 Athens, 1:00.711

    Team pursuit—Great Britain, 2008 Beijing, 3:53.314

Women's Cycling

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    Sprint—Victoria Pendleton, Great Britain, 2008 Beijing, 10.963 seconds

    Individual pursuit—Sarah Ulmer, New Zealand, 2004 Athens, 3:24.537 

    500 meter time trial—Anna Meares, Australia, 2004 Athens, 33.952 20 

Men's Archery

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    72 arrow—Im Dong-hyun, South Korea, 2004 Athens, 687 points

    18 arrow—Park Kyung-mo, South Korea, 2004 Athens, 173

    12 arrow—Lee Chang Hwan, South Korea, 2008 Beijing, 117

    36 (finals)—Tim Cuddihy, Australia, 2004 Athens, 340

    216 (team)—Jang Yong-ho, Kim Bo-ram and Oh Kyo-moon, South Korea, 1996 Atlanta, 2031

    27 (team)—Jang Yong-ho, Oh Kyo-moon and Kim Chung-tae, South Korea, 2000 Sydney, 258

    54 (team)—Justin Huish, Butch Johnson and Rodney White, U.S., 1996 Atlanta, 502

Women's Archery

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    72 arrow—Park Sung Hyun, South Korea, 2004 Athens, 682 points

    18 arrow—Yun Mi-Jin, South Korea, 2000 Sydney, 173

    12 arrow—Park Sung Hyun, 2008 Beijing, 115

    36 (finals)—Kim Nam Soom, South Korea, 2000 Sydney, 334

    215 (team)—Park Sung Hyun, Lee Sung Jin and Yun Mi-Jin, South Korea, 2004 Athens, 2030

    27 (team)—Kim Soo-nyung, Kim Nam-soon and Yun Mi-Jin, South Korea, 2000 Sydney, 252

    54 (team)—Kim Soo-nyung, Kim Nam-soon and Yun Mi-Jin, 2000 Sydney, 502

    24 (team)—Park Sung Hyun, Joo Hyun Jung and Yun Ok-Hee, South Korea, 2008 Beijing, 231

Men's Shooting

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    50 meter rifle, three positions—Rajmond Debevec, Slovenia, 2000 Sydney, 1275.1 points

    50 meter rifle prone—Christian Klees, Germany, 1996 Atlanta, 704.8

    10 meter air rifle—Zhu Qinan, China, 2004 Athens, 702.7

    50 meter pistol—Boris Kokorev, Russia, 1996 Atlanta, 666.4

    25 meter rapid fire pistol—Oleksandr Petriv, Ukraine, 2008 Beijing, 780.2

    10 meter air pistol—Wang Yifu, China, 2004 Athens, 690

    Trap—David Kostelecky, Czech Republic, 2008 Beijing, 146

    Double trap—Walton Eller, U.S., 2008 Beijing, 190

    Skeet—Vincent Hancock (U.S.) and Tore Brovold (Norway), 2008 Beijing, 145

Women's Shooting

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    50 meter rifle, three positions—Du Li, China, 2008 Beijing, 690.3 points

    10 meter air rifle—Katerina Emmons, Czech Republic, 2008 Beijing, 503.5

    25 meter pistol—Chen Ying, China, 2008 Beijing, 793.4

    10 meter air pistol—Guo Wenjun, China, 2008 Beijing, 492.3

    Trap—Satu Makela-Nummela, Finland, 2008 Beijing, 91

    Skeet—Chiara Cainero (Italy), Kim Rhode (U.S.) and Christine Brinker (Germany), 2008 Beijing, 93

Men’s Weightlifting

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    56 kilogram weight class

    Snatch—Halil Mutlu, Turkey, 2000 Sydney, 137 kg

    Clean and jerk—Halil Mutlu, 2000 Sydney, 167 kg

    Total—Halil Mutlu, 2000 Sydney, 305 kg


    62 kilogram weight class

    Snatch—Shi Zhiyong, China, 2004 Athens, 152 kg

    Clean and jerk—Zhang Xiangciang, China, 2008 Beijing, 176 kg

    Total—Nokolaj Pesalov, Croatia, 2000 Sydney, 325 kg 


    69 kilogram weight class

    Snatch—Georgi Markov, Bulgaria, 2000 Sydney, 165 kg

    Clean and jerk—Galabin Boevski, Bulgaria, 2000 Sydney, 196 kg

    Total—Galabin Boevski, Bulgaria, 2000 Sydney, 357 kg


    77 kilogram weight class

    Snatch—Taner Sagir, Turkey, 2004 Athens, 172 kg

    Clean and jerk—Zhan Xugang, China, 2000 Sydney, 207 kg

    Total—Taner Sagir, Turkey, 2004 Athens, 375 kg 

    85 kilogram weight class

    Snatch—Andrei Rybakou, Belarus, 2008 Beijing, 185 kg

    Clean and jerk—Pyrros Dimas, Greece, 2000 Sydney, 215 kg

    Total—Andrei Rybakou, 2008 Beijing, 394 kg


    94 kilogram weight class

    Snatch—Kourosh Bagheri, Iran, 2000 Sydney, 187 kg

    Clean and jerk—Ilya Ilin, Kazakhstan, 2008 Beijing, 226 kg

    Total—Ilya Ilin, 2008 Beijing, 406 kg


    105 kilogram weight class

    Snatch—Andrei Aramnau, Belarus, 2008 Beijing, 200 kg

    Clean and jerk—Andrei Aramnau, 2008 Beijing, 236 kg

    Total—Andrei Aramnau, 2008 Beijing, 436 kg 


    Over-105 kilogram weight class

    Snatch—Hossein Rezazadeh, Iran, 2000 Sydney, 212 kg

    Clean and jerk—Hossein Rezazadeh, 2004 Athens, 263 kg

    Total—Hossein Rezazadeh, 2000 Sydney, 472 kg

Women's Weightlifiting

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    48 kilogram weight class

    Snatch—Nurcan Taylan, Turkey, 2004 Athens, 97 kg

    Clean and jerk—Chen Xiexia, China, 2008 Beijing, 117 kg

    Total—Chen Xiexia, 2008 Beijing, 212 kg 


    53 kilogram weight class

    Snatch—Yang Xia, China, 2000 Sydney, 100 kg

    Clean and jerk—Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon, Thailand, 2008 Beijing, 126 kg

    Total—Yang Xia, 2000 Sydney, 225 kg


    58 kilogram weight class

    Snatch—Chen Yanqing, China, 2004 Athens, 107 kg

    Clean and Jerk—Chen Yanqing, 2008 Beijing, 138 kg

    Total—Chen Yanqing, 2008 Beijing, 244 kg 


    63 kilograms weight class

    Snatch—Hanna Batsiushka, Belarus, 2004 Athens, 115 kg

    Clean and jerk—Nataliya Skakun, Ukraine, 2004 Athens, 135 kg

    Total—Chen Xiaomin, China, 2000 Sydney, 242 kg 


    69 kilogram weight class

    Snatch—Liu Chunhong, China, 2008 Beijing, 128 kg

    Clean and jerk—Liu Chunhong, 2008 Beijing, 158 kg

    Total—Liu Chunhong, 2008 Beijing, 286 kg


    75 kilogram weight class

    Snatch—Cao Lei, China, 2008 Beijing, 128 kg

    Clean and jerk—Cao Lei, 2008 Beijing, 154 kg

    Total—Cao Lei, 2008 Beijing, 282 kg 


    Over-75 kilogram weight class

    Snatch—Jang Mi-Ran, South Korea, 2008 Beijing, 140 kg

    Clean and Jerk—Jang Mi-Ran, 2008 Beijing, 186 kg

    Total—Jang Mi-Ran, 2008 Beijing, 326 kg

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