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The 2016 Olympics have just begun but we’ve already witnessed a handful of heartbreaks, broken bones, and celebrations. The athletes that managed to finish top of their categories not only gave a smashing performance, but they also managed to smash the world records. It appears that a lot of new world records are being set at seismic scale in the swimming category. Here’s a short update on who broke what record during the games.
Sarah Sjostrom (SWE)
Sjostorm came into the Olympic Aquatic Stadium as the world-record holder in the women’s 100m butterfly category. She swam her way through and eclipsed her own record in a new world record time of 55.48 seconds. The Swedish swimmer became her nation’s first female Olympic swimming champion. Her previous record was 55.64 seconds.
Katie Ledecky (USA)
Katie Ledecky may only be 19-years-old but she has three world-records under her belt. Ledecky made waves after she won her first gold for this Olympics and shattered her own previous world record of three minutes 58.57 seconds. Her current new record is three minutes 56.46 seconds. “To see the 56 up there feels really good,” told Ledecky
. This is the 12th
world record she has set since the 2012 Olympics.
Katinka Hosszu (HUN)
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Hungarian Hosszu took the Olympic crown and set a new world-record with a time of four minutes 26.36 seconds. She broke the previous world record of four minutes 28.43 seconds previously set by China’s Ye Shiwen at the 2012 London games.
Adam Peaty (GBR)
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Adam Peaty became the first British man since Adrian Moorhouse in 1988 to win an Olympic gold in swimming. He was also the only man to break 58 seconds in the 100m breaststroke category. Peaty set a new world record with a new time of 57.13 seconds after annihilating his old record of 57.55 seconds. Peaty might have the whole of Britain rooting behind him, but in case you didn’t know, his adorable Nan was dubbed as his #1 fan. His grandmother even has her own Twitter account and has been rooting for her grandson and the whole British team from the start of the Olympics.