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 Dani King
Laura Trott
Joanna Rowsell
Great Britain 3:15.669 3 August WR, OR
Dani King
Laura Trott
Joanna Rowsell
Great Britain 3:14.682 4 August WR, OR
Dani 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 Dani 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 Dani 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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