With the eyes of the world on London, we thought it might be useful to give you a quick guide to the most popular Olympic distances & records in both metric & imperial systems. If you can think of any more that would be useful, please let us know & we'll be happy to add them Olympic & world records in metric & imperial measurements (provided by www.metric-conversions.org):
DisciplineName & CountryOlympic recordName & CountryWorld Record
Athletics--Men
100mUsain Bolt, Jamaica9.69Usain Bolt, Jamaica9.69
200mUsain Bolt, Jamaica19.30Usain Bolt, Jamaica19.30
400mMichael Johnson, Unitedstates43.49Michael Johnson, Unitedstates43.18
800mVebj°rn Rodal, Norway1 min 42.58Wilson Kipketer, Denmark1 min 41.11
1500mNoah Ngeny, Kenya3 mins 32.07Hicham El guerrouj, Morocco3 mins 26.00
5000mKenenisa Bekele, Ethiopia12 mins 57.82Kenenisa Bekele, Ethiopia12 mins 37.35
10000mKenenisa Bekele, Ethiopia27 mins 01.17Kenenisa Bekele, Ethiopia26 mins 17.53
MarathonSamuel Wanjiru, Kenya2 hrs 06:32Haile Gebrselassie, Ethiopia2 hrs 03:59
110m HurdlesXiang Liu, China12.91Dayron Robles, Cuba12.87
400m HurdlesKevin Young, Unitedstates46.78Kevin Young, Unitedstates46.78
3000msteeplechaseJulius Kariuki, Kenya8 mins 05.51Saif Saaeed shaheen, Qatar7 mins 53.63
20km WalkRobert Korzeniowski, Poland1 hr 18:59Sergey Morozov,Russian Federation1 hr 16:43
50km WalkAlex Schwazer, Italy3 hrs 37:09Denis Nizhegerodov, Russian Federation3 hrs 34:14
High JumpCharles Austin, Unitedstates2.39m,or 7.84 ft,or 7 ft & 10.09 inJavier Sotomayor, Cuba2.45m,or 8.03 ft,or 8 ft & .45 in
Long JumpBob Beamon, Unitedstates8.9m,or 29.2 ft,or 29 ft & 2.4 inMike Powell, Unitedstates8.95,or 29.36 ft,or 29 ft & 4.36 in
Pole VaultSteven Hooker, Unitedstates5.96m,or 19.55 ft,or 19 ft & 6.64 inSergey Bubka, Ukraine6.14m,or 20.14 ft,or 20 ft & 1.73 in
Triple JumpKenny Harrison, Unitedstates18.09m,or 59.35 ft,or 59 ft & 4.2 inJonathan Edwards, United Kingdom18.29m,or 60.01 ft,or 60 ft & 0.01 in
Shot PutUlf Timmermann, Germany22.47m,or 73.73 ft,or 73 ft & 8.64 inRandy Barnes, Unitedstates23.12m,or 75.85 ft,or 75 ft & 10.23 in
Discus ThrowVirgilijus Alekna, Lithuania69.89m,or 229.29 ft,or 229 ft & 3.57 inJⁿrgen Schult, Germany74.08m,or 243.04 ft,or 243 ft & 0.53 in
Hammer ThrowSergey Litvinov, Russia84.80m,or 278.22 ft,or 278 ft & 2.58 inYuriy Sedykh, Russia86.74m,or 284.58 ft,or 284 ft & 6.96 in
Javelin ThrowAndreas Thorkildsen, Norway90.57m,or 297.15 ft,or 297 ft & 1.74 inJan Zelezny, Czech Republic98.48m,or 323.1 ft,or 323 ft & 1.16 in
DecathlonRoman èebrle, Czech Republic8893Roman èebrle, Czech Republic9026
 
Athletics--Women
100mFlorence Griffith Joyner, Unitedstates10.62Florence Griffith Joyner, Unitedstates10.49
200mFlorence Griffith Joyner, Unitedstates21.34Florence Griffith Joyner, Unitedstates21.34
400mMarie-JosΘ P╔rec, France48.25Marita Koch, Germany47.60
800mNadezhda Olizarenko, Russia1:53.43JarmilaKratochvilova, Czechoslovakia1:53.28
1500mPaula Ivan, Romania3:53.96Yunxia Qu, China3:50.46
5000mGabriela Szabo, Romania14:40.79Tirunesh Dibaba, Ethiopia14:11.15
10000mTirunesh Dibaba, Ethiopia29:54.66Junxia Wang, China29:31.78
MarathonNaoko Takahashi, Japan2:23:14Paula Radcliffe, United Kingdom2:15:25
100m HurdlesJoanna Hayes, Unitedstates12.37Yordanka Donkova, Bulgaria12.21
400m HurdlesMelanie Walker, Jamaica52.64Yuliya Pechonkina, Russian Federation52.34
3000msteeplechaseGulnara Galkina, Russian Federation8 mins 58.81Gulnara Samitova, Russian Federation9 mins 01.59
20km WalkOlga Kaniskina, Russian Federation1 hr 26:31Olimpiada Ivanova, Russian Federation1 hr 25:41
High JumpYelena Slesarenko, Russian Federation2.06Stefka Kostadinova, Bulgaria2.09
Long JumpJackie Joyner-kersee, Unitedstates7.40Galina Chistyakova, Russia7.52
Pole VaultYelena Isinbayeva, Russian Federation5.05Yelena Isinbayeva, Russian Federa5.05
Triple JumpFrancoise Mbango, Cameroon15.39Inessa Kravets, Ukraine15.50
Shot PutIlona Slupianek, Germany22.41Natalya Lisovskaya, Russia22.63
Discus ThrowMartina Hellmann, Germany72.30Gabriele Reinsch, Germany76.80
Hammer ThrowOksana Menkova, Belarus76.34Tatyana Lysenko, Russian Federation77.80
Javelin ThrowOsleidys Men╔ndez, Cuba71.53Barbora Spotakova, Czech Republic72.28
HeptathlonJackie Joyner-kersee, Unitedstates7291Jackie Joyner-kersee, Unitedstates7291
 
Cycling --Men
SprintChris Hoy, United Kingdom9.815Kevin Sireau, France9.572
Individual PursuitBradley Wiggins, United Kingdom4:15.031Chris Boardman, United Kingdom4:11.114
1km Time TrialChris Hoy, United Kingdom1:00.711Arnaud Tournant, France58.875
 
Cycling --Women
SprintVictoria Pendleton, United Kingdom10.963Olga Slioussareva, Russian Federation10.831
Individual PursuitSarah Ulmer, New Zealand3:24.537Sarah Ulmer, New Zealand3:24.537
500m Time TrialAnna Meares, Australia33.952Anna Meares, Australia33.952
 
Swimming --Men
50m FreestyleCesar Ceilo, Brazil21.30Frederic Bousquet, France20.94
100m FreestyleEamon Sullivan, Australia47.05Cesar Ceilo, Brazil46.91
200m FreestyleMichael Phelps, Unitedstates1:42.96Paul Bidermann, Germany1:42.00
400m FreestyleIan Thorpe, Australia3:40.59Paul Bidermann, Germany3:40.07
1500m FreestyleGrant Hackett, Australia14:38.92Grant Hackett, Australia14:34.56
100m BackstrokeAaron Peirsol, Unitedstates52.54Aaron Peirsol, Unitedstates51.94
200m BackstrokeRyan Lochte, Unitedstates1:53.94Aaron Peirsol, Unitedstates31
100m BreaststrokeKosuka Kitajima, Japan58.91Brendan Hansen, Unitedstates59.30
200m BreaststrokeKosuke Kitajima, Japan2:07.64Brendan Hansen, Unitedstates2:09.04
100m ButterflyMichael Phelps, Unitedstates50.58Michael Phelps, Unitedstates49.82
200m ButterflyMichael Phelps, Unitedstates1:52.03Michael Phelps, Unitedstates1:51.51
200m Individual MedleyMichael Phelps, Unitedstates1:54.23Ryan Lochte, Unitedstates1:54.10
400m Individual MedleyMichael Phelps, Unitedstates4:03.84Michael Phelps, Unitedstates4:03.84
 
Swimming --Women
50m FreestyleBrittasteffen, Germany24.06Brittasteffen, Germany23.73
100m FreestyleBrittasteffen, Germany53.12Brittasteffen, Germany52.07
200m FreestyleFederica Pellegrini, Italy1:54.82Federica Pellegrini, Italy1:52.98
400m FreestyleFederica Pellegrini, Italy4:02.19Federica Pellegrini, Italy3:59.15
800m Freestyle/Rebecca Addlington, United Kingdom8:14.10Rebecca Addlington, United Kingdom8:14.10
100m BackstrokeKirsty Coventry, Zimbabwe58.7711Gemma Spofforth, United Kingdom58.12
200m BackstrokeKirsty Coventry, Zimbabwe2:05.24Kirsty Coventry, Zimbabwe2:04.81
100m BreaststrokeLeisel Jones, Australia1:05.17Jessica Hardy, Unitedstates1:04.45
200m BreaststrokeRebecca Soni, Unitedstates2:20.22Annamay Pierse, Canada2:20.12
100m ButterflyInge De bruijn, Netherlands56.61Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden56.06
200m ButterflyLiu Zige, China2:04.18Jes Schipper, Australia2:03.41
200m Individual MedleyStephanie Rice, Australia2:08.45Ariana Kukors, Unitedstates2:06.15
400m Individual MedleyStephanie Rice, Australia4:29.45Stephanie Rice, Australia4:29.45
 
Weightlifting - Men
56 kg (8 st & 11.45 lb) SnatchHalil Mutlu, Turkey137 kg (21 st & 8.03 lb)Halil Mutlu, Turkey138 kg (21 st & 10.23 lb)
56 kg (8 st & 11.45 lb) Clean & JerkHalil, Mutlu Turkey168 kg (26 st & 6.37 lb)Om Yun-Chol, North Korea168 kg (26 st & 6.37 lb)
56 kg (8 st & 11.45 lb) TotalHalil Mutlu, Turkey305 kg (48 st & 0.40 lb)Halil Mutlu, Turkey305 kg (48 st & 0.40 lb)
62 kg (9 st & 10.68 lb) SnatchShi Zhiyong, China153 kg (24 st & 1.30 lb) Kim Un-Guk, North Korea153 kg (24 st & 1.30 lb)
62 kg (9 st & 10.68 lb) Clean & JerkLe Maosheng, China177 kg (27 st & 12.21 lb)Óscar Figueroa, Colombia182 kg (28 st & 9.24 lb)
62 kg (9 st & 10.68 lb) TotalKim Un-Guk, North Korea327 kg (51 st & 6.91 lb)Kim Un-Guk, North Korea327 kg (51 st & 6.91 lb)
69 kg (10 st & 12.11 lb) SnatchGeorgi Markov, Bulgaria165 kg (25 st & 13.76 lb)Georgi Markov, Bulgaria165 kg (25 st & 13.76 lb)
69 kg (10 st & 12.11 lb) Clean & JerkZhang Guozheng, China196 kg (30 st & 12.10 lb)Galabin Boevski, Bulgaria197 kg (31 st & 0.31 lb)
69 kg (10 st & 12.11 lb) TotalGalabin Boevski, Bulgaria357 kg (56 st & 3.05 lb)Galabin Boevski, Bulgaria357 kg (56 st & 3.05 lb)
77 kg (12 st & 1.75 lb) SnatchLu Xiaojun, China172 kg (27 st & 1.19 lb)Taner Sag, Turkey174 kg (27 st & 5.60 lb)
77 kg (12 st & 1.75 lb) Clean & JerkOleg Perepetchenov, Russia207 kg (32 st & 8.35 lb)Zhan Xugang, China210 kg (32 st & 8.35 lb)
77 kg (12 st & 1.75 lb) TotalLu Xiaojun, China375 kg (59 st & 0.73 lb)Taner Sag, Turkey378 kg (59 st & 7.34 lb)
85 kg (13 st & 5.39 lb) SnatchAndrei Rybakou, Belarus185 kg (29 st & 1.85 lb)Andrei Rybakou, Belarus187 kg (29 st & 6.26 lb)
85 kg (13 st & 5.39 lb) Clean & JerkZhang Yong, China215 kg (33 st & 11.99 lb)Pyrros Dimas, Greece218 kg (34 st & 4.60 lb)
85 kg (13 st & 5.39 lb) TotalAndrei Rybakou, Belarus394 kg (62 st & 0.62 lb)Andrei Rybakou, Belarus394 kg (62 st & 0.62 lb)
94 kg (14 st & 11.23 lb) SnatchAkakios Kakiasvilis, Greece187 kg (29 st & 6.26 lb)Kourosh Bagheri, Iran188 kg (29 st & 8.46 lb)
94 kg (14 st & 11.23 lb) Clean & JerkSzymon Kołecki, Poland226 kg (35 st & 8.24 lb)Ilya Ilin, Kazakhstan232 kg (36 st & 7.47 lb)
94 kg (14 st & 11.23 lb) TotalAkakios Kakiasvilis, Greece406 kg (63 st & 13.07 lb)Ilya Ilin, Kazakhstan412 kg (64 st & 12.30 lb)
105 kg (16 st & 7.48 lb) SnatchAndrei Aramnau, Belarus200 kg (31 st & 6.92 lb)Andrei Aramnau, Belarus200 kg (31 st & 6.92 lb)
105 kg (16 st & 7.48 lb) Clean & JerkDavid Bedzhanyan, Russia236 kg (37 st & 2.29 lb)Andrei Aramnau, Belarus238 kg (37 st & 6.70 lb)
105 kg (16 st & 7.48 lb) TotalAndrei Aramnau, Belarus436 kg (68 st & 9.21 lb)Andrei Aramnau, Belarus436 kg (68 st & 9.21 lb)
+105 kg (16 st & 7.48 lb) SnatchBehdad Salimi, Iran212 kg (33 st & 5.37 lb)Hossein Rezazadeh, Iran214 kg (33 st & 9.78 lb)
+105 kg (16 st & 7.48 lb) Clean & JerkHossein Rezazadeh, Iran263 kg (41 st & 5.81 lb)Hossein Rezazadeh, Iran263 kg (41 st & 5.81 lb)
+105 kg (16 st & 7.48 lb) TotalHossein Rezazadeh, Iran472 kg (74 st & 4.58 lb)Hossein Rezazadeh, Iran472 kg (74 st & 4.58 lb)
 
Weightlifting - Women
48 kg (7 st & 7.82 lb) SnatchNurcan Taylan, Turkey97 kg (15 st & 3.84 lb)Yang Lian, China98 kg (15 st & 6.05 lb)
48 kg (7 st & 7.82 lb) Clean & JerkChen Xiexia, China117 kg (18 st & 5.94 lb)Nurcan Taylan, Turkey121 kg (19 st & 0.75 lb)
48 kg (7 st & 7.82 lb) TotalChen Xiexia, China212 kg (33 st & 5.37 lb)Yang Lian, China217 kg (34 st & 2.40 lb)
53 kg (8 st & 4.84 lb) SnatchLi Ping, China100 kg (15 st & 10.46 lb)Yang Xia, China103 kg (16 st & 3.07 lb)
53 kg (8 st & 4.84 lb) Clean & JerkZulfiya Chinshanlo, Kazakhstan131 kg (20 st & 8.80 lb)Zulfiya Chinshanlo, Kazakhstan131 kg (20 st & 8.80 lb)
53 kg (8 st & 4.84 lb) TotalZulfiya Chinshanlo, Kazakhstan226 kg (35 st & 8.24 lb)Li Ping, China230 kg (36 st & 3.06 lb)
58 kg (9 st & 1.86 lb) SnatchLi Xueying, China108 kg (17 st & 0.09 lb)Chen Yanqing China111 kg (17 st & 6.71 lb)
58 kg (9 st & 1.86 lb) Clean & JerkChen Yanqing, China138 kg (21 st & 10.23 lb)Qiu Hongmei, China141 kg (22 st & 2.85 lb)
58 kg (9 st & 1.86 lb) TotalLi Xueying, China246 kg (38 st & 10.33 lb)Chen Yanqing China251 kg (39 st & 7.36 lb)
63 kg (9 st & 12.89 lb) SnatchHanna Batsiushka, Belarus115 kg (18 st & 1.53 lb)Svetlana Tsarukayeva, Russia117 kg (18 st & 5.94 lb)
63 kg (9 st & 12.89 lb) Clean & JerkNataliya Skakun, Ukraine135 kg (21 st & 3.62 lb)Maiya Maneza, Kazakhstan143 kg (22 st & 7.26 lb)
63 kg (9 st & 12.89 lb) TotalChen Xiaomin, China242 kg (38 st & 1.51 lb)Liu Haixia, China257 kg (40 st & 6.58 lb)
69 kg (10 st & 12.11 lb) SnatchLiu Chunhong, China128 kg (20 st & 2.19 lb)Liu Chunhong, China128 kg (20 st & 2.19 lb)
69 kg (10 st & 12.11 lb) Clean & JerkLiu Chunhong, China158 kg (24 st & 12.33 lb)Liu Chunhong, China158 kg (24 st & 12.33 lb)
69 kg (10 st & 12.11 lb) TotalLiu Chunhong, China286 kg (45 st & 0.52 lb)Liu Chunhong, China286 kg (45 st & 0.52 lb)
75 kg (11 st & 11.34 lb) SnatchCao Lei, China128 kg (20 st & 2.19 lb)Natalia Zabolotnaya, Russia135 kg (21 st & 3.62 lb)
75 kg (11 st & 11.34 lb) Clean & JerkCao Lei, China154 kg (24 st & 3.51 lb)Nadezhda Yevstyukhina, Russia163 kg (25 st & 9.35 lb)
75 kg (11 st & 11.34 lb) TotalCao Lei, China282 kg (44 st & 5.70 lb)Natalia Zabolotnaya, Russia296 kg (46 st & 8.56 lb)
+75 kg (11 st & 11.34 lb) SnatchJang Mi-Ran, South Korea140 kg (22 st & 0.64 lb)Tatiana Kashirina, Russia148 kg (23 st & 4.28 lb)
+75 kg (11 st & 11.34 lb) Clean & JerkJang Mi-Ran, South Korea186 kg (29 st & 4.05 lb)Jang Mi-Ran, South Korea187 kg (29 st & 6.26 lb)
+75 kg (11 st & 11.34 lb) TotalJang Mi-Ran, South Korea326 kg (51 st & 4.70 lb)Zhou Lulu, China328 kg (51 st & 9.11 lb)