On Thursday, Albert Pujols signed a 10-year contract for $254 million with the Los Angeles Angels. Is he worth it? Looking at records, maybe he is, when it comes to getting hits. He has the best career batting average of any player active today, 33rd on the all-time list, at .3284. With 445 home runs, he is 37th on the all-time list with one season in the top 50, 2006, with 49 home runs (tied for 43rd place). Find more baseball statistics at iWeblists.
It’s interesting that out of 32 possible records in Men’s and Women’s Swimming combined at the Olympics, 30 of those records were broken in Beijing in 2008. In no other sport were anything close to so many records broken. The only sports that come close are Women’s Shooting and Women’s Weightlifting. Both of those sports made their debut at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, so they’re still fairly new.
Here’s a list of all the possible Summer Olympics records and the number that were broken in 2008.
|Sport||Total Records||Broken Records||Percent|
|Cycling (Men’s & Women’s)||7||4||57%|
So why were so many Swimming records broken in Beijing? You could argue that Michael Phelps is just a phenomenal athlete, and that’s true, but of the 15 records broken, seven of them were broken by other individuals, and three involved Michael Phelps as part of a team. And for the Women’s swimming, the 15 records were split among eight different nations.
The swimming records were broken due to improved training techniques and better technology (swimsuit material, etc.) but weren’t there similar improvements in the other sports?
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