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It is every champion's dream to set a world record at the Olympics. Players will try to break records to etch their names into history at this prestigious event. Every player will take the plane to Tokyo to get the 'WR' abbreviation besides their name and nothing less.
Here is a look at 5 world records that might end up being broken at Tokyo 2021 Olympics:
1. Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda (Men's 5000m/10000m Athletics)
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Joshua Cheptegei established a new 5000m World Record of 12:35.36 in August 2020 at the Monaco Diamond League event. He broke Kenenisa Bekele's 16-year-old World Record in the process. In October 2020, he ran a World Record time of 26:11.00 in the 10,000m category, breaking Bekele's 15-year-old record!
Joshua Cheptegei will compete in Tokyo 2021 with the goal of breaking his own World Records and setting new ones!
2. Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya (Men's Marathon)
Eliud Kipchoge, considered the "best marathoner of the modern era," is the current World Record holder in the men's marathon. He accomplished the feat in September 2018, when he set a World Record time of 2:01:39 at the Berlin Marathon.
Kipchoge won gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and will be a strong contender in Tokyo to beat his own World Record.
3. Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker of India (Mixed 10m Air Pistol Shooting)
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Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker of India hold the ISSF World Record in Mixed 10m Air Pistol, which they set in 2019. Can they do the unimaginable at the Tokyo Olympics and shatter their own World Record of 586? Only time will tell.
4. Katie Ledecky of United States (Women's 400m/800m/1500m Freestyle Swimming)
Katie Ledecky, 24, is the current World Record holder in the Women's 400m, 800m, and 1500m Freestyle Swimming categories, with timings of 03:56.46, 08:04.79, and 15:20.48, respectively. Ledecky will be the favourite to shatter the World Records once again, and she hopes to do so in the Tokyo Olympics!
5. Adam Peaty of Great Britain (Men's 100m Breaststroke Swimming)
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In South Korea in 2019, Adam Peaty of the United Kingdom set a new World Record in the Men's 100m Breaststroke with a timing of 56.88. He also owns the World Record in the Men's 50m Breaststroke and earned gold in the 100m Breaststroke in the Rio Olympics. Adam Peaty has set several world records over his career, and it wouldn't be surprising if he set a new one in Tokyo!