Considering all Olympic competitors should have set up their training regimes to hit their peak at the Games, it is perhaps a surprise that more world records don’t get broken on the grandest stage of all.
After all, since and including the Barcelona Games in 1992, just four of the 23 athletics events for women have witnessed a new world’s best at the Olympics, alongside seven of the 24 men’s disciplines.
Records do fall more frequently in the sports of swimming and cycling and there is something that little more heart-warming when it becomes apparent that a gold medal has been achieved with a time, weight or measurement that eclipses anything to have gone before it.
Armed with the knowledge of events and disciplines that have typically been susceptible to world records being broken at the Olympics, the below graphic highlights which days of the Games it is best to avoid booking any social engagements, to load up on the popcorn and sit comfortably to view multiple new best ever marks being set. You could maybe place a bet too?
What is clear is that team disciplines have big penchant for new records being achieved. A possible reason for this is that these are events which feature far less prominently on annual timetables and schedules, which obviously reduces the chances of new bests being posted.
Meanwhile, even if these events do take place, it is unlikely that a nation will be able to rely on all of their best athletes being available for a meet, which ultimately leads to an under-strength team.
At the Olympics in Rio there will be 28 sports to watch, which include 41 disciplines and 306 different events. Rugby sevens and golf are the two sports making their Olympic debuts this year.
It is also worth noting that not all sports have the scope to have world records broken. These include all of the contact sports, badminton and rowing, because of the variable course conditions at different host venues.