Greatest Sporting Records Of All Time

Isner v Mahut – the longest tennis match

A first-round meeting between the American number 23 seed John Isner and the French qualifier Nicolas Mahut was not high on the wish lists of many of the Wimbledon crowd on a Tuesday afternoon in June 2010.

But after 183 games, more than 100 aces and 11 hours of playing time, a mass of spectators flocked to court 18 to watch Isner close out the final set 70-68 on that Thursday evening.

It wasn’t all bad for Mahut, though. Both players were presented with a crystal bowl and crystal champagne flutes by the All England Club to mark the longest tennis match in history.

Michael Phelps – the record Olympian

Michael Phelps’s four gold medals in the Aquatics Centre at London 2012 took him to 18 golds for his career – double the number held by any other individual.

At his first Olympics in Athens in 2004, the American won six golds and two bronze medals. Since then he has gone on to dominate men’s individual competition in the pool, winning 22 medals in all.

At the 2008 Games in Beijing, Phelps’s eight-gold haul was the most won in a single Olympics by one athlete – just one of the number of records held by this supreme swimmer. His recent decision to revoke his retirement will strike fear into 2016 medal hopefuls.

Miroslav Klose – most World Cup goals

Miroslav Klose has been Mr Consistent in the last four World Cup campaigns, with his Germany side top scorers at the last three tournaments.

But in their 7-1 demolition of Brazil in July, Klose set his own individual record, with his 16th goal moving him to the top of the all-time World Cup scoring charts.

Post a Comment