How far back do Olympic records go?
The modern Summer Olympic Games have been held every four years since the first Games in 1896 (except 1916 due to the First World War, 1940 and 1944 due to the Second World War, and 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic) and Olympic records are recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in each event.
How many world records does Michael Phelps have?
He was also the first swimmer to win four consecutive golds in the same event, the 200-meter individual medley. Michael Phelps has established 39 world records, the most of any athlete in the history of the sport.
Is Olympic record bigger than world record?
So in sports like gymnastics and athletics and swimming, you have two sets of records: the Olympic record, which is only set at an Olympics; and the world record, which is the record that is set in their seasons. Any sanctioned event can have a world record held or a world record set.