A total of 38 world records were broken at the London Olympics. That’s slightly down from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where 43 were broken.
The record breaking performances at the London Olympics mainly fall under three categories: Swimming, cycling, and weightlifting.
This of course includes Elena Lashmanova of Russia, who SHATTERED the world record for speed walking. She did the 20 kilometer walk in one hour, 25 minutes, and two seconds, beating the old record by six seconds. That’s about 8.77 miles-per-hour walking speed.
American women broke the world record for the four-by-100-meter relay, doing it in 40.82 seconds – that’s almost a full second faster than the previous world record set by East German women in 1985.
The Jamaican men also broke the men’s four-by-100-meter relay record, they did it in 36.84 seconds.
One of the new American stars of the Olympics, Missy Franklin, set TWO world records in swimming: one in the 200-meter backstroke and one as part of the four-by-100 meter medley relay.
Source: Yahoo News