The Olympic Games has witnessed a few athletes unleash their absolute best under overwhelming environments of the premier stage. 

The record books have been shuffled endlessly throughout the 29 Olympic editions in history, however, a few performances have stood the test of time to remain benchmarks for others to surpass.

Ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Games, here’s a look at the Olympic records that are also the world records in their respective disciplines:


400 metres – Wayde van Niekerk (South Africa)

World and Olympic record: 43.03 on August 14, 2016 – Rio Olympics

South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk broke a 20-year-old record in the 400-metres final at the 2016 Rio Games. Van Niekerk went past USA sprint legend Michael Johnson’s Olympic record time of 43.18s set at the 1996 Atlanta Games. Incidentally, the South African’s time of 43.08s also bettered the existing world…

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