World and Olympic records set at the 2012 Summer Olympics

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A number of world records and Olympic records were set in various events at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. 32 world records were broken in eight sports. The largest number of world records was set in swimming, with eight. China, Great Britain and the United States set the most records, with five each.

Olympic and World records set by sport[edit]

Archery[edit]

Event Name Nation Score Date Record
Men's individual
(216 arrow ranking round)
Dong Hyun Im South Korea 699 Points 27 July WR, OR
Men's team Im Dong-Hyun
Kim Bub-Min
Oh Jin-Hyek
South Korea 2087 Points 27 July WR, OR

Athletics[edit]

Event Name Nation Score Date Record
Women's marathon Tiki Gelana Ethiopia 2h 23:07 5 August OR
Men's 100 metres Usain Bolt Jamaica 9.63 s 5 August OR
Women's 100 metres hurdles Sally Pearson Australia 12.35 s 7 August OR
Men's 800 metres David Rudisha Kenya 1:40.91 9 August WR, OR

Cycling[edit]

Event Name Nation Score Date Record
Women's team sprint Gong Jinjie
Guo Shuang
China 32.447 s 2 August WR, OR
Gong Jinjie
Guo Shuang
China 32.422 s 2 August WR, OR
Men's team sprint Philip Hindes
Chris Hoy
Jason Kenny
Great Britain 42.747 s 2 August WR, OR
Philip Hindes
Chris Hoy
Jason Kenny
Great Britain 42.600 s 2 August WR, OR
Men's team pursuit Ed Clancy
Geraint Thomas
Steven Burke
Peter Kennaugh
Great Britain 3:52.499 2 August WR, OR
Ed Clancy
Geraint Thomas
Steven Burke
Peter Kennaugh
Great Britain 3:51.659 3 August WR, OR
Women's team pursuit Danielle King
Laura Trott
Joanna Rowsell
Great Britain 3:15.669 3 August WR, OR
Danielle King
Laura Trott
Joanna Rowsell
Great Britain 3:14.682 4 August WR, OR
Danielle King
Laura Trott
Joanna Rowsell
Great Britain 3:14.051 4 August WR, OR
Men's sprint Jason Kenny Great Britain 9.713 s 4 August OR
Women's sprint Victoria Pendleton Great Britain 10.724 s 5 August OR

Shooting[edit]

Event Name Nation Score Date Record
Women's 25 metre pistol
(Qualification)
Kim Jangmi South Korea 591 Points 29 July OR
Women's skeet
(Qualification)
Kim Rhode USA 74 Points 29 July OR
Women's skeet
(Final)
Kim Rhode USA 99 Points 29 July OR
Men's skeet
(Qualification)
Vincent Hancock USA 123 Points 30 July OR
Men's skeet
(Final)
Vincent Hancock USA 148 Points 31 July OR
Men's 50 metre rifle prone
(Final)
Sergei Martynov Bulgaria 705.5 Points 3 August WR, OR
Women's 50 metre rifle three positions
(Qualification)
Jamie Lynn Gray USA 592 Points 4 August OR
Women's 50 metre rifle three positions
(Final)
Jamie Lynn Gray USA 691.9 Points 4 August OR
Women's trap
(Qualification)
Jessica Rossi Italy 75 Points 4 August OR
Women's trap
(Final)
Jessica Rossi Italy 99 Points 4 August WR, OR
Men's 25 metre rapid fire pistol
(Qualification)
Alexei Klimov Russia 592 Points 3 August WR, OR
Men's 25 metre rapid fire pistol
(Final)
Leuris Pupo Cuba 34 Points 3 August WR, OR
Men's trap
(Qualification)
Michael Diamond Australia 125 Points 6 August OR
Men's 50 metre rifle three positions
(Qualification)
Niccolo Campriani Italy 1180 Points 6 August OR
Men's 50 metre rifle three positions
(Final)
Niccolo Campriani Italy 1278.5 Points 6 August OR

Swimming[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Date Round Name Nationality Time Record
Men's 400 m freestyle 28 July Final Sun Yang China 3:40.14 OR
Men's 100 m breaststroke 28 July Semifinal Cameron van der Burgh South Africa 58.83 OR
Men's 100 m breaststroke 29 July Final Cameron van der Burgh South Africa 58.46 WR, OR
Men's 100 m backstroke 30 July Final Matt Grevers United States 52.16 OR
Men's 200 m breaststroke 1 August Final Dániel Gyurta Hungary 2:07.28 WR, OR
Men's 200 m backstroke 2 August Final Tyler Clary United States 1:53.41 OR
Men's 1500 m freestyle 4 August Final Sun Yang China 14:31.02 WR, OR

Women[edit]

Event Date Round Name Nationality Time Record
Women's 100 m butterfly 28 July Heats Dana Vollmer United States 56.25 OR
Women's 400 m individual medley 28 July Final Ye Shiwen China 4:28.43 WR, OR
Women's 4 × 100 m freestyle relay 28 July Final Alicia Coutts (53.90)
Cate Campbell (53.19)
Brittany Elmslie (53.41)
Melanie Schlanger (52.65)
Australia 3:33.15 OR
Women's 100 m backstroke 29 July Heats Emily Seebohm Australia 58.23 OR
Women's 100 m butterfly 29 July Final Dana Vollmer United States 55.98 WR, OR
Women's 400 m freestyle 29 July Final Camille Muffat France 4:01.45 OR
Women's 200 m individual medley 30 July Semifinal Ye Shiwen China 2:08.39 OR
Women's 200 m freestyle 31 July Final Allison Schmitt United States 1:53.61 OR
Women's 200 m individual medley 31 July Final Ye Shiwen China 2:07.57 OR
Women's 100 m freestyle 1 August Semifinal Ranomi Kromowidjojo Netherlands 53.05 OR
Women's 200 m butterfly 1 August Final Jiao Liuyang China 2:04.06 OR
Women's 200 m breaststroke 1 August Semifinal Rebecca Soni United States 2:20.00 WR, OR
Women's 4 × 200 m freestyle relay 1 August Final Missy Franklin (1:55.96)
Dana Vollmer (1:56.02)
Shannon Vreeland (1:56.85)
Allison Schmitt (1:54.09)
United States 7:42.92 OR
Women's 200 m breaststroke 2 August Final Rebecca Soni United States 2:19.59 WR, OR
Women's 100 m freestyle 2 August Final Ranomi Kromowidjojo Netherlands 53.00 OR
Women's 200 m backstroke 3 August Final Missy Franklin United States 2:04.06 WR, OR
Women's 50 m freestyle 4 August Final Ranomi Kromowidjojo Netherlands 24.05 OR
Women's 4 × 100 m medley relay 4 August Final Missy Franklin (58.50)
Rebecca Soni (1:04.82)
Dana Vollmer (55.48)
Allison Schmitt (53.25)
United States 3:52.05 WR, OR

Weightlifting[edit]

Women[edit]

Event Date Round Name Nationality Weight Record
Women's 53 kg 29 July Clean and jerk Zulfiya Chinshanlo Kazakhstan 131 kg WR, OR
Women's 53 kg 29 July Total Zulfiya Chinshanlo Kazakhstan 226 kg OR
Women's 58 kg 30 July Snatch Li Xueying China 108 kg OR
Women's 58 kg 30 July Total Li Xueying China 246 kg OR
Women's 63 kg 31 July Total Maiya Maneza Kazakhstan 245 kg OR
Women's 75 kg 3 August Snatch Natalia Zabolotnaya Russia 131 kg OR
Women's 75 kg 3 August Clean & Jerk Svetlana Podobedova Kazakhstan 161 kg OR
Women's 75 kg 3 August Total Natalia Zabolotnaya Russia 291 kg OR
Women's +75 kg 5 August Snatch Tatiana Kashirina Russia 151 kg WR, OR
Women's +75 kg 5 August Clean & Jerk Zhou Lulu China 187 kg OR
Women's +75 kg 5 August Total Zhou Lulu China 333 kg WR, OR

Men[edit]

Event Date Round Name Nationality Weight Record
Men's 56 kg 29 July Clean and jerk Om Yun-Chol North Korea 168 kg OR
Men's 62 kg 30 July Snatch Kim Un-Guk North Korea 153 kg OR
Men's 62 kg 30 July Total Kim Un-Guk North Korea 327 kg WR, OR
Men's 62 kg 30 July Clean and jerk Óscar Figueroa Colombia 177 kg OR
Men's 77 kg 1 August Snatch Lü Xiaojun China 175 kg WR, OR
Men's 77 kg 1 August Total Lü Xiaojun China 379 kg WR, OR
Men's 94 kg 4 August Clean & Jerk Ilya Ilyin Kazakhstan 233 kg WR, OR
Men's 94 kg 4 August Total Ilya Ilyin Kazakhstan 418 kg WR, OR

World records set by date[edit]

Date Event Athlete Nation Record description Ref
27 July 2012 Archery – Men's individual Im Dong-Hyun South Korea Scored a world record of 699 in the ranking round [1]
27 July 2012 Archery – Men's team Im Dong-Hyun
Kim Bub-Min
Oh Jin-Hyek
South Korea Scored a world record of 2087 in the ranking round [1]
28 July 2012 Rowing – Men's coxless pair Eric Murray
Hamish Bond
New Zealand Set a world record time of 6:08.50 in the heats [2]
28 July 2012 Swimming – Women's 400 metre individual medley Ye Shiwen China Set a world record time of 4:28.43 in the final [3]
29 July 2012 Weightlifting – Women's 53 kg Zulfiya Chinshanlo Kazakhstan Set a world record at clean and jerk of 131 kg [4]
29 July 2012 Swimming – Women's 100 metre butterfly Dana Vollmer United States Set a world record time of 55.98 [5]
29 July 2012 Swimming – Men's 100 metre breaststroke Cameron van der Burgh South Africa Set a world record time of 58.46 [6]
30 July 2012 Weightlifting – Men's 62 kg Kim Un-Guk North Korea Set a world record at total of 327 kg [7]
1 August 2012 Swimming – Men's 200 metre breaststroke Dániel Gyurta Hungary Set a world record time of 2:07.28 [8]
1 August 2012 Weightlifting – Men's 77 kg Lü Xiaojun China Set world record at snatch of 175 kg
Set world record at total of 379 kg
[9]
1 August 2012
2 August 2012
Swimming – Women's 200 metre breaststroke Rebecca Soni United States Set a world record time of 2:20.00 in the semi-final.
Set a world record time of 2:19.59 in the final.
[8]
[10]
2 August 2012 Cycling – Women's team sprint Victoria Pendleton
Jessica Varnish
Great Britain Set a world record time of 32.526 in the qualification.
2 August 2012 Cycling – Women's team sprint Gong Jinjie
Guo Shuang
China Set a world record time of 32.447 in the qualification.
Set a world record time of 32.422 in the first round.
[11]
2 August 2012 Cycling – Men's team pursuit Ed Clancy
Geraint Thomas
Steven Burke
Peter Kennaugh
Great Britain Set a world record time of 3:52.499 in the qualification.
Set a world record time of 3:51.659 in the final.
[12]
2 August 2012 Cycling – Men's team sprint Philip Hindes
Chris Hoy
Jason Kenny
Great Britain Set a world record time of 42.747 in the first round.
Set a world record time of 42.600 in the final.
[13]
2 August 2012 Shooting – Men's 25 metre rapid fire pistol Alexei Klimov Russia Set a world record of 592 in the qualification [14]
3 August 2012 Cycling – Women's team pursuit Danielle King
Laura Trott
Joanna Rowsell
Great Britain Set a world record time of 3:15.669 in the qualification.
3 August 2012 Shooting – Men's 50 metre rifle prone Sergei Martynov Belarus Set a world record result of 705.5 in the final.
3 August 2012 Swimming – Women's 200 metre backstroke Missy Franklin United States Set a world record time of 2:04.06 in the final.
4 August 2012 Shooting – Women's trap Jessica Rossi Italy Scored a world record of 75 in the qualification.
Scored a world record of 99 in the final.
4 August 2012 Cycling – Women's team pursuit Danielle King
Laura Trott
Joanna Rowsell
Great Britain Set a world record time of 3:14.682 in the first round.
Set a world record time of 3:14.051 in the final.
4 August 2012 Swimming – Men's 1500 metre freestyle Sun Yang China Set a world record time of 14:31.02 in the final. [15]
4 August 2012 Swimming – Women's 4 × 100 metre medley relay Missy Franklin
Rebecca Soni
Dana Vollmer
Allison Schmitt
United States Set a world record time of 3:52.05 in the final.
4 August 2012 Weightlifting – Men's 94 kg Ilya Ilyin Kazakhstan Set a world record at clean and jerk of 233 kg.
Set a world record total of 418 kg.
[16]
5 August 2012 Weightlifting – Women's +75 kg Tatiana Kashirina Russia Set a world record at snatch of 151 kg.
5 August 2012 Weightlifting – Women's +75 kg Zhou Lulu China Set a world record total of 333 kg.
9 August 2012 Athletics – Men's 800 metres David Rudisha Kenya Set a world record time of 1:40.91 in the final.
10 August 2012 Athletics – Women's 4 × 100 metres relay Tianna Madison
Allyson Felix
Bianca Knight
Carmelita Jeter
United States Set a world record time of 40.82 in the final.
11 August 2012 Athletics – Women's 20 kilometres walk Elena Lashmanova Russia Set a world record time of 1:25.02.
11 August 2012 Athletics – Men's 4 × 100 metres relay Nesta Carter
Michael Frater
Yohan Blake
Usain Bolt
Jamaica Set a world record time of 36.84 in the final.
11 August 2012 Modern Pentathlon – Men's Nicola Benedetti Italy Set a world record time of 9:23.63 in the running element. [17]
12 August 2012 Modern Pentathlon – Women's Anastasiya Prokopenko Belarus Set a world record time of 10:20.90 in the running element. [18]

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