Sports illuminate and transform a society. Sports change lives, affect politics, fuel our economy, and shape our culture. Sports have always been an integral part of our lives, be it a street game, national level or an international level. Sport is one activity which has no age bar and there are some sports in which one can excel in at any age. Right from pre-school days into old age humans love sports and some come so addicted to their favorite games that they track it like a religion to their last day. Our dreams are personified in our champions, in the records they set and the barriers they break. Let’s have a look at some of our favorite champions and sporting records they hold, which are unlikely to be broken anytime soon.
10. The Gentleman and his game (Cricket):
Followed like a religion in India, cricket is the most popular sport on the sub-continent and Sachin Tendulkar is the crowned king of the gentleman’s game. Having kept of all controversies that have dogged the sport, Tendulkar is an icon for any lover of the sport who has put so many centuries and runs on the board that the record is unlikely to surpassed at any time.
9. Game of aggression (Boxing):
Floyd Maryweather, a macho boxer, was born on February 24th 1977. Having participated in 44 games, Floyd went onto win all bouts in all the games, surpassing all previous records. He remains a five-division world champion, who did win eight world titles and the Lineal championship in three different weight classes.
8. Game of 11 players (Soccer):
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, famously known as Cristiano Ronaldo, is among the best and youngest soccer players in the world. Born on 5th February 1985, the well-known Portuguese player is also the most expensive player in soccer history. He went onto break all records by winning the four main PFA and FWA meets in 2007.
7. Game of Tall Men (Basketball):
Kobe Byrant, the highest paid of La Lakers, is a professional basketball player. At 34 years and 104 days of age in NBA, Bryant became the youngest player in league history to reach 30,000 career points. He is also the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history. He is a sensation among young basketball beginners who see career in the game.
6. Grand Slam (Golf):
Golf is known as the game of the elite and Tiger Woods, the professional American golfer, is counted as the greatest that the game has seen. Woods not only in the youngest to win Gold Grand Slam but also is known for a record breaking performance in 1997, something that other professional golfers can only envy.
5. Martin Brodeur’s (Ice hockey):
Martin Pierre Brodeur, a Canadian born on 6th may 1972, was an astounding ice hockey goaltender who played his whole national hockey league career with team Canada New jersey Devils. Brodeur has played record breaking games and done his country proud by winning international competitions.
4. Yelena Gadzhievna Isinbayeva (Pole vault):
The stunning Russian is the pole vault record holder and is a two time Olympic gold medal winner (2004 and 2008) Having better her own world records on more than 20 occasions, the athletic Isinbayeva has become a legend and is considered the best female pole-vaulter of all time. Having cleared the 5.05 meter bar at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, it a world record that will not be broken anytime soon.
3. Michael Phelps’ (Swimming):
Michael Fred Phelps, born on June 30, 1985 in Maryland, takes to water as a fish would do. At even the young age, Michael remains a record breaker swimmer at most international meets and hold many records testifying his sporting abilities. Having collected 22 gold medals at Olympic meets, Phelps is the long course world record holder in the 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter butterfly and 400-meter individual medley as well as the former long course world record holder in the 200-meter freestyle and 200-meter individual medley.
2. Cal Ripken Jr.’s Consecutive Games Streak (Baseball):
Famously known as The Iron Man, is a former American baseball shortstop. He had the best individual game of his career, going 6 for 6 with John Smoltz and tying a club record with 13 total bases on June 13, 1999. Ripken’s retired in late 2001 and was given a warm farewell from his dearest fans, who considered him an idol.
1. Lance Armstrong Wins Seven Consecutive Tour De France Races (Cycling):
One of the famous athletes of the world, Lance Edward Armstrong is an American former professional road racing cyclist. An icon in profession cycle racing Armstrong won the Tour de France, one of the toughest events in the sport, for a record seven consecutive times between 1999 and 2005. With Armstrong recently confessing to having used performance enhancing drugs, his records have been officially erased, but talking unofficially, his past performances are unlikely to surpassed by other professional cyclists.