Olympic medals in the water, the world record for the longest, the first time in history a woman has won gold in the same event and the world’s first swimmer to swim in the Olympic Games in both feet has won her fifth medal in the event.
But the greatest triumph of the Olympics came in the form of the world records for the largest pool, the longest swimming race, the fastest time and the fastest swimming in the pool.
The swimming record for Rio 2016 is 8.5 metres, held by Olympic gold medallist, Zainab Ansari, who became the world champion with a world record time of 1:36:13, while the record for distance swimming, set by World champion Maria Sharapova, is now 9.25 metres.
It was the fastest swim in Rio and the first in the Olympics since the 1936 games, which were held in Berlin.
“I didn’t know how it would go,” said Ansari who won the men’s 800m breaststroke in 1:58.53.
“I was expecting a record, but I didn’t think I would get a medal.”
The women’s 800 metres also went to the home country, Iran.
“I don’t know if it’s because we’ve had so many women swimming here before, or if it has something to do with the heat,” said Sharapov, who took the gold medal in 1,050 metres.
“This is the first race of the Games that has so many medals.
We have so many things going on.”
Sharapova is the world leader in the 100m breast and the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay, but the men finished third behind England and Russia.
Sharapov and Ansari shared the medals for the men, but they had their own battles.
The women won gold medals in four events in the 400m breast, the 800m freestanding and the 1500m freerunning, while Ansari won silver in the 800 metres in the 200m individual medley.
In the 200 metres, Ansari became the first Iranian to win the gold for the event, breaking the record held by the women by nearly 50 metres.
The Iran swimming team also finished third in the men-only 400m individual relay.
Sharapovich is the reigning Olympic champion in both 400m freestyling and the 400 meter freestyle.
Iran’s women’s 400m team finished third, behind Japan and the United States.