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Olympic and World Records
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Keir Radnedge, Carlton, London, 2016. ISBN 978-1-78097-800-0The book may sound like a dull list of records but it is anything but. Covering all the major Olympic sports - not forgetting 10 pages on defunct sports, the book paints a picture around the event and the record.
Take the athletics 100 metres, the book tells us that Usain Bolt holds the world record at 9.58 but devotes 2 pages to the history of the event plus details of 7 strange or interesting incidents in the Olympic men's 100 metres. The same approach is taken to every other event.
A book to be read or delved into - it works either way.