They say that records are made to be broken, and the 2012 London Summer Olympics provides the grandest stage of all for record-breaking performances to occur.
The 2012 London Games will provide the latest opportunity for the world’s greatest athletes to deliver results unlike any we’ve ever seen. When world records fall—as a few already have on just the first day of events—it will be in front of the largest audiences that most of these athletes have ever seen.
With a handful of events already in the books, here are eight other world records that are likely to fall during the 2012 London Olympics.
The women’s pole vaulting record is perhaps the most likely record to be broken other than the 18 overall Olympic medals that will surely be eclipsed by Michael Phelps in the coming days.
Current world-record holder Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia has already broken the record 27 times since 2003, and is once again the favorite to win gold at the London Games.