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Photos: Record breakers at the Games so far

Last updated on: July 31, 2012 22:58 IST

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South Korea set the first world records of the London Olympics, both in the men's archery competition, with legally blind Im Dong-hyun breaking the 72-arrow mark with 699 points on Friday.

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Im, 26, also took part in the team shoot in which also broke the world record, scoring 2,087 points in the 216 arrows alongside Kim Bub-min and Oh Jin-hyek.


Photographs: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

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China's Ye Shiwen set a world record to win the women's 400 Individual Medley.

The 16-year-old Ye trailed American teenager Elizabeth Beisel but pulled away in the freestyle leg to win gold in 4 minutes, 28.43 seconds. She beat the mark of 4:29.45s set by Stephanie Rice at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Beisel settled for silver in 4:31.27, while Li Xuanxu gave China another medal by taking the bronze in 4:32.91. Rice was sixth.


Photographs: Mark J. Terrill/ AP Photo

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Kazakhstan's Zulfiya Chinshanlo set a world record in clean and jerk as she powered to the Olympic gold in the women's 53 kg on Sunday and claimed a cash bonus from her country's president.

The two-time World champion, aged 19, snatched 95 kg and registered a best of 131 kg in clean and jerk for a combined total of 226 kg.


Photographs: Hassan Ammar/AP Photo

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Dana Vollmer ended a lifetime of frustration and serious battles with her health to win the 100 butterfly gold and break another of the supposedly untouchable world records set during the 2009 World Championships in Rome at the height of the bodysuit controversy.

The American, who used to take a defibrillator to her races because of a heart condition, swam like a woman possessed, powering to victory in 55.98 seconds, slicing 0.08 off the previous mark set by Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom.


Photographs: Matt Slocum/AP Photo

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South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh broke the world record to win the 100m breaststroke final.

Van der Burgh charged through the first lap at breakneck speed; then, gulping air, he held off his pursuers in the last length to reach the wall in 58.46 seconds.

His time trimmed 0.12 seconds off the previous world record of 58.58 set by Australia's Brenton Rickard in Rome, who could only manage sixth.


Photographs: Lee Jin-man/AP Photo

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Kim Un Guk won North Korea's second weightlifting gold medal at the London Olympics on Monday, setting a world record total of 327 kilograms in the men's 62-kilogram division.

Oscar Figueroa Mosquera of Colombia got the silver medal and Eko Yuli Irawan of Indonesia took bronze.

World champion Zhang Jie of China missed the podium, finishing in fourth place.

Kim did a victory dance after the snatch, where he lifted 153 kilograms in his third attempt, equaling the world record and setting a new Olympic mark.


Photographs: Mike Groll/AP Photo

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