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2012, 13 Aug
    Lithuania's Laura Asadauskaite won the last gold medal of the London Olympics in the women's modern pentathlon. Asadauskaite, the reigning European champion, set an Olympic record score of 5,408 as she won the event, designed to test 19th century military skills such as riding, running and pistol shooting.
2012, 11 Aug
    Russia's Tatyana Lysenko added Olympic hammer gold to her world title, nailing the Olympic record with a huge throw. Lysenko threw the hammer 78 metres 28 cm, breaking Aksana Miankova's record from the Beijing Olympics by almost two metres.
    France's world and European pole vault champion Renaud Lavillenie took the gold medal with an Olympic record leap of 5.97 metres.Lavillenie went on to fail two attempts at 6.07, which would have put him second behind the great Ukrainian Sergei Bubka on the all-time list.
2012, 10 Aug
    Kenyan runner David Rudisha set a searing pace as he won Olympic 800 metres gold in world record time. Rudisha, the reigning world champion, knocked 0.1 seconds off his own world record as he won in 1 minute 40.91 seconds after leading the field from the early stages.
    Kenyan runner David Rudisha set a searing pace as he won Olympic 800 metres gold in world record time.Rudisha, the reigning world champion, knocked 0.1 seconds off his own world record as he won in 1 minute 40.91 seconds after leading the field from the early stages.
2012, 08 Aug
    World champion Sally Pearson powered to Olympic gold in the women's 100m hurdles final, setting a new Olympic record in the process.The Australian exploded out of the blocks but had to fend off a late challenge from defending champion Dawn Harper of the US to clock 12.35 seconds.There was drama after the finish as Pearson and Harper stared at the jumbo screen, neither sure of the result. Pearson screamed with delight when her result flashed up, while Harper clapped in a show of sportsmanship.
    Ilya Zakharov of Russia took diving gold in the men's three-metre springboard, breaking 20 years of Chinese dominance in the event.He is the first non-Chinese diver to win the event since Mark Lenzi of the US won it at Barcelona 1992. China wrapped up all four gold medals in synchronised diving.
2012, 06 Aug
    Usain Bolt won the Olympic gold medal in the men's 100 metres, screaming to the line in an Olympic record of 9.63 seconds. Bolt's world record of 9.58 remained intact
2012, 04 Aug
    America's 17-year-old swimming sensation Missy Franklin smashed the world record to win the Olympic women's 200 metres backstroke final. Franklin, who took the 100m title on Monday, wiped half a second off the record and destroyed the field to win in two minutes, 4.06 seconds.
    Britain stormed to gold at the Olympic velodrome here Friday, demolishing Australia in the men's team pursuit final in world record time. The British team of Edward Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh set a blistering pace to win in 3 minutes 51.659 seconds, almost two seconds faster than their own world record had been before the Olympic
2012, 03 Aug
    Rebecca Soni of the United States won the women's 200 metres breaststroke gold, smashing the world record by half a second. Soni, the defending Olympic champion, won in 2 minutes, 19.59 seconds
    America's Tyler Clary won gold in a new Olympic record in the men's 200 meters backstroke.Clary, the fastest qualifier for the final, clocked 1 minute, 53.41 seconds in a tight finish.
    Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands blazed to gold in the women's 100 metres freestyle swimming, setting a new Olympic record. Kromowidjojo, who led the time sheets this year, posted 53.00 for gold
    Britain won the gold at the velodrome in world record time, beating France in the men's team sprint final. Britain's Chris Hoy, Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny won in a time of 42.600 seconds, knocking 0.147 seconds off the world record they had set earlier in the day.
2012, 02 Aug
    China's Lu Xiaojun broke two of his own world records as he took the Olympic gold in the men's 77 kg weightlifting category here. Lu Xiaojun headed the field with a world record total of 379 kg, one more than his previous world best, and Wednesday set a separate world record of 175 kg in the snatch part of the event, beating his own record of 174 kg. He achieved the overall record with a clean and jerk lift of 204 kg, which he managed on his last lift despite sinking into a squat with the massive weight above his head before completing the lift.
    Allison Schmitt anchored the American girls to Olympic gold in the 4x200 metres freestyle relay. Schmitt charged down Australia's Alicia Coutts to take gold for the US in 7 minutes, 43.92 seconds, an Olympic record.
    Hungary's double world champion Daniel Gyurta won the 200 metres breaststroke gold, setting a new world record. Gyurta clocked 2 minutes, 7.28 seconds, two tenths ahead of Britain's Michael Jamieson, who took silver.
2012, 01 Aug
    Michael Phelps became the first ever Olympian to win 19 medals overall. Phelps won the silver medal in 200m butterfly, followed by 4x200m free relay gold and overtook Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina's record of 18 Olympic medals. The American swimmer also holds the all-time records for gold medals (15) and gold medals in individual events (9).
    Maiya Maneza won Kazakhstan's second weightlifting gold, setting a new Olympic record in the women's 63kg category. Maneza scored 110 kg in the snatch, two short of Russia's Svetlana Tsarukaeva, but lifted 135 kg in the clean and jerk to claim gold. Tsarukaeva managed just 125 kg, handing the Kazakh victory by eight kilos.
2012, 31 Jul
    American Matthew Grevers powered to gold in the men's 100 metres backstroke final, setting a new Olympic record along the way. The double Beijing Olympics champion in relays was second on the turn but pushed hard in the final straight to win it in 52.16 seconds. That easily bettered Aaron Piersol's 2008 Olympic record of 52.54, when Grevers took the silver.
    China's Li Xueying won women's weightlifting gold in the 58kg category, setting two Olympic records. Li, twice former world champion, set records in the snatch of 108 kg and the total of 246 kg, two kilos past compatriot Chen Yanqing's mark posted four years ago in Beijing.
    North Korea's Kim Un Guk broke the world record in men's 62 kg category weight-lifting on the way to win gold at the London Olympics. Kim opened up a big lead by snatching 153 kg, equalling the world record held by Chinese lifter Shi Zhiyong since 2002. He held on to his lead in the clean-and-jerk, lifting 174 kg to notch a world and Olympic record total 327 kg and won the second weight-lifting gold for his country. The previous world mark of 326 kg was set by Chinese lifter Zhang Jie in 2008 at the Asian Championships.
2012, 30 Jul
    China's Ye Shiwen shattered the world record to win a gold medal in the women's 400 metres individual medley at the London Olympics. Ye touched in 4:28.43 to obliterate the previous record held by triple Olympic champion Aussie Stephanie Rice.
    In the men's double sculls, world champions Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan set a new Olympic record of 6:11.30 in the heats to claim a place in the semifinals
    The New Zealand rowers had a strong start to their Olympic regatta, setting a new world and Olympic record on the first day of the competition. The men's pair of Hamish Bond and Eric Murray set a world record time of 6:08.50 to secure their place in the semifinals. Bond and Murray have been unbeaten since 2009.
    Australia's Emily Seebohm underlined her status as a leading contender for 100 metres backstroke gold by setting a new Olympic swimming record in the heats. Seebohm's time of 58.23 seconds was comfortably inside the mark of 58.77 seconds set by Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry in Beijing, but outside the world record of 58.12 seconds held by Britain's Gemma Spofforth. Seebohm was part of the Australian team that won gold in the 4x100 metre medley relay in Beijing in 2008.
    Kimberly Rhode of the United States won the gold medal in the women's skeet competition at the Olympics, equalling the world record along the way. Rhode, a double Olympic champion in the double trap and Beijing silver medallist in the skeet, entered the final with a four-point cushion after qualifying and calmly blasted her way to victory as her rivals fell away. Rhode, who equalled the Olympics record, matched Danka Bartekova's world record of 99.
    Kazakhstan's teenage prodigy Zulfiya Chinshanlo powered her way to a weightlifting gold in the 53kg category, breaking her own world record in the clean and jerk. The 19-year-old posted a snatch of 95 kg before making history with 131 kg in the clean and jerk, one kilogram more than her effort at last year's world championships.
    South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh took the Olympic 100 metres breaststroke gold in a world record time. Van der Burgh, 24, got a fast start and never looked like being caught, winning in 58.46, 0.05 seconds faster than Brenton Rickard's 2009 mark. "I don't even know what to think. I don't know how to describe it," Van der Burgh said. "I've been working towards this goal. It's amazing. I've been doing so much hard work over the last four years."
    America's Dana Vollmer took the limelight in the pool at the London Olympics as she wiped out the world record in women's 100 metres butterfly final to claim a gold medal. Vollmer touched home in 55.98, toppling the previous world mark of 56.06 seconds set by Swedish world champion Sarah Sjostrom at the 2009 World Championships.
2012, 27 Jul