Here’s a cool chart listing the history of every world records attained in the following sports:
You can view the charts here.
I ddin’t even realize that it’s common for people to put so much attention to world records for the above mentioned sports. For example, people don’t talk much about world records in tennis, badmintion or basketball and I wonder if there are any other measure apart from something such as “longest held world number 1 ranking” or somehing like “largest losing margin in NBA history”.
But when Michael Phelps won 8 olympic gold with 7 world records and Usain Bolt set world records in their respective sports, those were major news!