A sport is about pushing one’s own body, mentally and physically to new limits. Sports is not always about winning; it is also about challenging oneself to do better and test oneself.
There have been a handful of sportspersons who’ve strived for excellence, accomplished it and then make their fans proud with their performances.
Here, we take a look at 11 sports records that won’t be beaten any time soon.
1. Highest Test Career Average - Don Bradman (99.94)
Batting in test cricket requires patience, flair and good technique as bowlers have a level playing field in the longest format of the game.
One man who dominated cricket between the late 1920s and 1940s is Australian batsman Sir Don Bradman. He is regarded as the greatest batsman of his time, and one of the greatest of all-time.
Bradman scored an astonishing 6996 runs in 52 matches for Australia with a career average of 99.94. The next highest is Adam Voges at an average of 61.87 with 1485 runs in 20 games. Bradman’s record could never be broken as it is much tougher to score big runs and that too at the consistent basis that the Australian great did so.
2. Most Olympic Gold Medals - Michael Phelps (23)
Michael Phelps is one of the greatest athletes of the 21st century, accomplishing something that no other Olympian could ever surpass. The American has won a total of 28 medals in the Olympics - in individual and team events - including 23 gold medals.
Phelps won these 28 medals at four Olympics - the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics.
The next sportsperson to win most golds in the Olympics is Larisa Latynina, who won it in the Gymnastics event for the then Soviet Union in the 50s and 60s.
3. Most Women’s Singles Grand Slam Titles In The Open Era - Serena Williams (23)
Serena Williams is a modern-day great and possibly the greatest tennis player to have graced the game. She has won 23 Grand Slam titles, which is the most by any woman tennis player in the Open Era, one ahead of Steffi Graf.
The American has won 7 Australian Opens, 3 French Opens, 7 Wimbledon titles and 6 US Opens and is just one shy of equalling the all-time record for most Grand Slam titles, which is held by Margaret Court (24).
Williams is still at the top of her game, and at 36 years of age, can play a few more years.
4. Most Champions League Victories - Real Madrid (13)
Earlier this year, Real Madrid became the first team to do a Champions League treble - win the European trophy three times in a row. Madrid has won four Champions League trophies in the last four Champions League trophies in the last five years (they won the 2013–14 Champions League) and has raced away in the battle for most Champions League trophies with 13 titles.
They’re far ahead of second-placed AC Milan, who have 7 Champions League trophies and are far from their glory days. Spanish rivals Barcelona are the only ones who could challenge Madrid in the list of most Champions League trophies but it is going to take them more than a decade to do so as they are currently on 5 Champions League trophies.
5. Most Points In An NBA Game - Wilt Chamberlain (100 points)
NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain achieved a record that no other NBA player has come close to surpassing - 100 points in a single game.
Chamberlain achieved this record in a game against the New York Knicks while playing for the Philadelphia Warriors in 1962. The Warriors won the game 162-147, and Chamberlain also went on to break other records, which includes most free throws.
The closest any player has got to the 100 point mark was Kobe Bryant in 2006 who scored 81 points while playing for the LA Lakers.
Chamberlain is also 3rd and 4th in the list of most points scored in an NBA game, scoring 78 points and 73 points in two games.
6. Most Goals In Premier League - Alan Shearer (260 goals)
Alan Shearer was one of the most prolific players in the English Premier League, having been the most important player for Newcastle United for a decade and also playing a role in Blackburn Rovers’ surprise title win in the 1994–95 season.
Shearer also holds the record for most goals in the Premier League, having scored 260 goals in 441 games. This record is going to stay for a long time with Shearer as there are no other current Premier League players near his record, with the nearest being Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero at 143 goals.
7. Most Wickets In Test Cricket - Muttiah Muralitharan (800)
Muttiah Muralitharan was a hugely controversial figure in cricket, owing to allegations over chucking, but is probably one of the best spinners of his generation and of all-time.
The Sri Lankan off-spinner’s wicket-taking ability, especially in the subcontinent, was second to none, and on days, he was unplayable.
Muralitharan’s record of 800 Test wickets, the highest by any cricketer, will probably never be broken as it is tough for modern-day bowlers - in the age of T20s and ODIs - to be able to be consistent and play as many Test matches as the Sri Lankan played.
8. Most Runs In Test Cricket - Sachin Tendulkar (15921)
Sachin Tendulkar holds a host of records, including the most centuries (100) and most runs in ODI cricket (18426) but the most important record for ardent cricket lovers is his Test runs scored.
Tendulkar is No. 1 in the list of most Test runs scored at 15921, ahead of other batting greats like Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis and Rahul Dravid. His record may never be broken as no modern-day player can have the longevity that the Little Master had, as well as the sheer rate at which he scored his runs.
England’s Alastair Cook is the nearest of the current batsmen to come near Tendulkar’s total (12158 runs) but it will be a difficult task for the Englishman to surpass the Indian’s record as he has just a few years remaining in his career.
9. Men’s 100 Metres World Record - Usain Bolt (9.58)
The only man who can beat Usain Bolt’s record for the fast 100 metres sprint is Bolt himself. The Jamaican beat his own record at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, when he ran the 100m in a mind-boggling 9.58 seconds, bettering the world record time set by him a year earlier at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Bolt has now retired from athletics, so we may never see this time broken.
The Jamaican also holds the record for the fastest 200m time at 19.19 which he also achieved at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.
10. Most Gold Medals In Field Hockey At The Olympics - India (8)
The Indian men’s hockey team have dominated the sport in the Olympics and have won the most gold medals (8), five ahead of Pakistan, Great Britain and Germany.
What is surprising is that India hasn’t won a gold at the Olympics in hockey since the 1980 Olympics! India hasn’t won any medal since that Gold in 1980 but it is unlikely that they will be surpassed anytime soon as there have been different winners at each of the Olympics.
11. Most Men's Golf Major Championship Winner - Jack Nicklaus (18)
Jack Nicklaus is perhaps the greatest golfer in the world, having achieved and won many trophies in his 25-year career.
One record that the American holds is that of the most men's majors having won 18 major titles between 1962 and 1986. Nicklaus won 6 US Masters titles, 4 US Open titles, 3 Open championships and 5 PGA Championships. The American also finished second in 19 Masters championships!
Tiger Woods came closest to overtaking that record, but he stands at 14 Major championships and has been on the wane following his off the field controversies.