The world records that could be broken at the Tokyo Olympics

Thu 15 July 2021 | 16:30

With the arrival of the Tokyo Olympics, a buzz of excitement is growing to watch out for the athletes who would etch their names in history by setting new records on the stage. In this regard, we would look into our crystal ball to see the top 15 records that could be broken at Tokyo Olympics.

A high lofty goal for any athlete is to set Olympic Games Records, whereas this is not that much far fetched as they presumed it to be at beginning of their professional journey.

Because it's quite a common thing for the athletes at the Olympics to keep pushing their limits for that moment of glory at the top of the podium at the stage.

As time goes, some legendary sportsmen and women have left an indelible impression at the Olympic Games. Athletes like Usain Bolt, Carl Lewis, Florence Griffith Joyner, Michael Phelps, Larisa Latynina, David Rudisha and Anita Włodarczyk have smashed the world records in their respective events at the Olympics.

Therefore, it's no wonder to see some new names in the illustrious list of athletes who would deliver thumping performances at the Tokyo Olympics.

While some are trying to beat their own Olympic Games Records, others are doing their utmost to carve their name into history by anchoring the precious abbreviation 'WR' to their names at the Tokyo Olympics.

The world records that could be broken at the Tokyo Olympics

Here we would take you through our speculated existing top 15 records that could be broken at Tokyo Olympics.

Men's Shot Put by Ryan Crouser

Ever since that Ryan Crouser (USA), Joe Kovacs (USA) and Tom Walsh (NZL) have emerged in Men's shot put, they have made it a lot more competitive.

The 2019 World Athletics Championships had the heart of athletics fans flattering when Crouser, Kovacs and Walsh approached Randy Barnes' long-standing world record of 23.12 meters.

Ryan Crouser broke the Olympic record with a throw of 22.52 meters at Rio so as to achieve a gold medal. Likewise, both Crouser and Walsh threw the 7.26 kg iron ball to a length of 22.90 meters.

While Kovacs launched the ball to a length of 22.91 meters with his final throw to beat both Crouser and Walsh in the last moment to the end winning the gold medal.

Yet as leading up to Tokyo, Ryan Crouser, has been in much better shape because he just recently crossed the 23-meter barrier for the first time in his sports career and he is expected to break that world record mark at the Tokyo Olympics.

Men’s Recurve Archery by Kim Woo-jin

Reigning Olympic champion Kim Woo-jin of South Korea is determined to reclaim the world record he set at Rio 2016. Because Current World No. 1 Brady Ellison of the United States, has broken Kim Woo-jin mark of 700 in the men’s recurve



It means that as Ellison shot 702 out of a possible 720 at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima capital of Peru, he was honoured to become just the second archer to break the qualification 700-mark barrier.

Yet, at the moment the 28 years old South Korean archer, is ranked fifth in the world and would try his utmost to set a new mark at the Tokyo Olympics.

Women’s 10,000m by Letesenbet Gidey

As the current world record holder, Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia and Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands would cope at the Tokyo Olympics, they would definitely show off one of the most jaw-dropping clashes of the tournament.

Just recently, Hassan smashed Almaz Ayana’s world record of 29 minutes and 17.45 seconds with a time of 29:06.82 minutes in Hengelo, Netherlands.

But it did not last for a long time since after two days, Gidey broke Hassan’s world record with a timing of 29:01.03 minutes at the same event.

In spite of the fact that the humid conditions of Tokyo would be a matter of great concern, the head-to-head battle of the two long-distance runners would see one of

the world records that could be broken at the Tokyo Olympics.

Women's Triple Jump by Yulimar Rojas

Yulimar Rojas from Venezuela has been on the verge of breaking the current world record in the women’s triple jump event.

At the moment the record belongs to Inessa Kravets of Ukraine, in as much as he had jumped a distance of 15.50 metres in the World Athletics Championships of Sweden 1995.

As Rojas is leading up to Tokyo 2020, he has been in some great shape since she has been jumping distances above 15.35 metres from 2019 afterwards.

She even managed to beat up her performance as she achieved her current best stand at 15.43 metres in last month's World Athletics Continental Tour in Andujar, Spain.

Not to mention the fact that the 25-year-old has a spring in her steps whenever she takes to the runway. Therefore it is no wonder to see her taking the gold medal along with setting one of

the world records that could be broken at the Tokyo Olympics.

Men’s Pole Vault by Armand Duplantis

At the moment, Armand Duplantis holds the Men’s Outdoor Pole Vault world record as he set it with a height of 6.15m at the Diamond League in Rome last year.

The 21-year-old Sweden also holds the world indoor record at 6.18m, as he exceeded the record of the 26-year-old Ukrainian legend Sergey Bubka.

However, in Tokyo, Duplantis would cope with the Brazilian reigning Olympic champion Thiago Braz who had set the record of 6.03m in the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Men’s 400m Hurdles by Rai Benjamin

Currently US legend Kevin Young holds the men’s 400m hurdles world record as he won the gold at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with a stunning time of 46.78 seconds.

Despite all the turns and twists of many world-class 400 metre hurdlers, no one has ever challenged Young's world record. But just recently Karsten Warholm from Norway and Rai Benjamin from the USA are about to break the record.

Warholm has performed spectacularly in the last four years as he won Gold medals at the 2017 and 2019 World Athletics Championships. At the same time, Benjamin has been pushing Warholm to his limits in their numerous head-to-head clashes.

Precisely as saying, Warholm’s personal best stands at 46.87 seconds, while Benjamin's career-best mark stands at 46.98 seconds. Therefore the competitive clash between the two would determine one of

the world records that could be broken at the Tokyo Olympics


Women's 100 meters sprint by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

Many people around the world are looking forward to watching out the 100 metres as one of the athletics events that would be held at the Olympics.

Jamaicans Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is anticipated to break the current world record of the late Florence Griffith Joyner.

Notwithstanding the heats of the US Olympic trials ahead of the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Griffith had sailed through the finish line with a record time of 10.49 seconds.

While the veteran Fraser-Pryce with the age of 34-years-old is currently in his best form despite being in the final years of her professional career.

She succeeded to become the second-fastest woman in the world as she breezed past the finishing line under the time of 10.63 seconds in Kingston, Jamaica just earlier this month.

So one of the world records that could be broken at the Tokyo Olympics would determine if she could take the tag of "Sprint Queen" or not.

Women’s Football all-time top scorer by Christine Sinclair

Because the women’s football at the Olympic Games is not restricted to age, it attracted many eyes as they possess some of the biggest stars in action.

Women’s football just was added to the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Afterwards, a number of players mounted a challenge for being the all-time top scorer at the Olympics. At the moment, the Brazilian forward Cristiane holds the record of scoring 14 goals in the tournament.

But it is presumable that the Canadian captain Christine Sinclair smashes the record at Tokyo 2020 as she is the all-time highest goalscorer in international football who already found the back of the net 11 times.

The chance of Canada in the competition heavily depends on Sinclair’s form in front of goal while they are paired alongside hosts Japan, Great Britain and Chile as their battle even would see one of the world records that could be broken at the Tokyo Olympics.

Men’s Javelin Throw by Johannes Vetter

As of September 2020, the German Johannes Vetter was about to smash Jan Zelezny’s world record of 98.48m in the Men’s Javelin Throw.

Vetter's effort afforded him the opportunity to achieve a distance of 97.76m at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial in Chorzow, Poland.

Therefore one of the world records that could be broken at the Tokyo Olympics, would be set by the 28-year-old Vetter who had claimed Gold at the 2017 World Championships.

Men's 50m/100m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly Swimming by Caeleb Dressel

In Rio 2016, Caeleb Dressel had won the 4X100m freestyle swimming relay before his teammate, Michael Phelps gave America its lead on the same day.

Therefore since then, the young Dressel has been dubbed to become the next Phelps at the upcoming Olympics. As it was expected, the 24-year-old has currently claimed a total of 13 Gold medals at the 2017 and 2019 World Aquatics Championships.

Not to mention that already the world records of 50m freestyle (both long and short course), 100m butterfly (short course) and 100m individual medley (short course) currently belongs to Dressel.

In all probability, he is expected to break his own record in the discipline of 100m butterfly (short course). Yet, the 100m freestyle world record continues to belong to Brazilian Cesar Cielo (46.91 seconds) set in 2009.

However, Dressel had clocked an American record 46.96 seconds in the event at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships held in Gwangju, South Korea.

Thus one of the world records that could be broken at the Tokyo Olympics would be set by Caeleb Dressel as he is going to create history at the tournament.

Women's 400m/800m/1500m Freestyle Swimming by Ledecky Katie 

Ledecky Katie who is now 24-years-old currently is the holder of the World Record in Women's 400m, 800m, and 1500m Freestyle Swimming disciplines clocking under the times of 03:56.46, 08:04.79, and 15:20.48 respectively.

As she is much expected to accomplish those feats and smash her own records, she would most likely anchor her name to one of the

top 15 records that could be broken at the Tokyo Olympics.

Women's Single Sculls Rowing by Sanita Puspure

The current holder of the World Record in Women's Single Sculls Rowing is Neykova, as she set it in the 2002 World Rowing Championship in Spain.

But at the moment it is Sanita Puspure who is the reigning World Champion following her winning gold at the 2018 World Rowing Championships.

She defended it at the 2019 World Rowing Championships as well, therefore it is no wonder to see her beating one of the Olympic world records.

Women's 50m Rifle 3 Position (Qualification) Shooting by Seonaid McIntosh

The British Seonaid McIntosh is the first female shooter from Britain who has ranked World Number 1 in the Women's 50m Rifle 3 Position Event. Likewise, she even became the World Champion in the 50m Prone Rifle Event in 2018.

Although the current World Record in this category belongs to Jenny Stene, one of the Olympic world records  would be smashed by Seonaid McIntosh at the Tokyo 2020 as she is a serious contender for that title.

Men's Marathon by Eliud Kipchoge

Eliud Kipchoge who is widely revered as the 'greatest marathoner of the modern era' currently holds one of the 

Olympic Games Records

in men's marathons.

His effort in setting a World Record time of 2:01:39 at the Berlin Marathon in September 2018 saw him achieve this feat. He also won gold in the Rio 2016 Olympics and would be a leading contender to smash his own World Record at the Tokyo Olympics.

Women's 59kg (Snatch, Clean & Jerk and Total) Weightlifting by Kuo Hsing-Chun

With setting 11 World Records in her career, Kuo Hsing-Chun currently is the holder of the World Record in Women's 59 kg class in the snatch, clean & jerk, and total.

She set the Snatch and Total World Records at the Asian Championships in 2021 and set the Clean & Jerk World Record in the World Championships in September 2019 as well. Being in her brilliant form, one of the

Olympic world records

would be smashed by her own at the Tokyo Olympics.


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