Blink and you could miss it! Some of these stats are so ridiculous they are hard to believe. Here are the ten fastest records ever recorded in sports history.
There have been some incredible and outstanding feats set across the world of sport that will take some beating or, indeed, may never be broken. That is a testament to the quality of these records.
In this article, we have a look at some of the fastest records ever recorded in sports history, from athletics to football, and other sports across the globe. The nature of some of these will astound you. Others you will know well and have vivid memories of.
10. Fastest hat-trick scored in football history – officially a Guinness World Record
Of all places, the fastest hat trick scored in football history was in the English Sunday League, recorded by Alex Torr of Rawson Spring.
However, it deserves to be the first mention on our list of the fastest records ever scored in sports history. He managed to do it in an incredible 70 seconds back in 2013. Anyone who has played or watched football knows how difficult this is.
9. Fastest goal scored in an All-Ireland Football Final – an accolade for a Dublin legend
The All-Ireland Final is the holy grail of Gaelic football in Ireland and the biggest game across the GAA calendar year, hands down. Goals are often hard to come by.
However, Dublin legend Dean Rock scored directly from the throw-in in the 2020 final against Mayo after 13 seconds.
8. Fastest try scored in rugby union – across the line on time
Another outstanding feat is the fastest try scored in rugby union. According to the Guinness World Records, this was achieved by Tyson Lewis.
He was playing for Doncaster Knights against Old Albanians in a National Clubs Association (NCA) Rugby game. He scored the try in 7.24 seconds.
7. Fastest knockout in boxing history – over before it started
Ten seconds. That is all Phil Williams needed when he knocked out Brandon Burke back in June 2007 to claim the record for the fastest knockout ever recorded in boxing history.
6. Running a marathon in record time – fitness to an extreme level
The record for the fastest time record in a men’s marathon is owned by Kenyan national Eliud Kipchoge, who set the world record of 2:01:09 on 25 September 2022 at the 2022 Berlin Marathon.
5. Fastest hat-trick in the history of the NHL – one of the fastest records ever record in sports history
Scores are hard to come by in the NHL, and so to record a hat trick itself is no easy feat. To do it in just 21 seconds is nigh on impossible. But that’s exactly what Bill Mosienko did. It is unlikely that this record will ever be broken.
4. Fastest knockout in a UFC title fight – a Notorious record
Conor McGregor’s fight with UFC featherweight kingpin José Aldo was the most anticipated fight of the year in 2015, having once been postponed.
It thus took everyone by surprise when McGregor knocked Aldo out after 13 seconds, the record for a knockout in a UFC title fight.
3. Shane Long’s on fire – fastest goal in Premier League history
An Irishman has made his way on the list of the fastest records ever recorded in sports history. Shane Long set the record for the fastest goal in Premier League history.
He did so whilst playing for Southampton in April 2019, when he bagged a goal just 7.69 seconds into a game against Watford.
2. Fastest touchdown in NFL history – blink and you will miss it
Perhaps the most incredible inclusion on the list of the fastest records ever recorded in sports history goes to Randal Williams of the Dallas Cowboys.
In 2003, in a game against the Eagles, Williams caught the Eagles’ David Akers’ kick and ran in for a touchdown after a mere three seconds!
1. Usain Bolt’s 100 m record – the fastest man on the planet
The fastest man on the planet has to top our list of the fastest records ever recorded in sports history. The Jamaican took the Olympics by storm whenever he participated.
Bolt set and still holds the 100 m world record, clocking an incredible 9.58 seconds at the 2009 IAAF World Championships – an astounding feat.
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