Who pushed the boundaries this year?


The numbers game: Looking back at the figures that made sport in 2015

Who pushed the boundaries this year?


“We did quite well in the second half,” said Federated States of Micronesia Stan Foster after his side held Fiji to 38-0 in the Pacific Games in July, having trailed 21-0 at the break.

Alas, the improvement proved a dead cat bounce, as the Micronesians went down 46-0 to Vanuatu the following Tuesday. A worst ever international result, though Fifa won’t recognise it as such since this was an U23 tournament and Micronesia aren’t Fifa members.


Within three days, David Beckham’s new Instagram account (pictured above with son Brooklyn) became the fastest to reach the five million mark, after he posted images of his 40th birthday party in May.

86.65 mph

Todd Reichert from Toronto was on board the fastest human-powered vehicle when his Aerovelo team claimed the World Human-Powered Speed Challenge in Nevada in September. Entries get a 5km run-up before being measured over a 200m sprint. Todd was sitting in what looked, to the untrained eye, like a pedal canoe.


Chelsea’s Premier League canter was the most dominant in Premier League history — Jose Mourinho’s side spent 274 days at the top of the table.

25.4 million

The USA women’s soccer team World Cup final over Japan on July 6 was the most-watched soccer broadcast in American history.


Brazilian daredevil Laso Schaller plunged off the Cascata del Salto waterfall in Maggia, Switzerland in August and thankfully lived to see the video go viral.


Richie Towell’s late brace in the 4-0 lap of honour against Bray Wanderers wasn’t quite academic. It ensured champions Dundalk set a new mark for goals scored in a League of Ireland season.


The record attendance at a Rugby World Cup game, set by the Ireland v Romania pool match at Wembley.

It surpassed the mark set by Argentina v New Zealand the week before by 248.


The record number of pitchers used between the LA Dodgers and Colorado Rockies in their MLB clash in September which lasted 16 innings and 323 minutes.

The Rockies used 13, also a record for one team. They eventually won 5-4 as the teams also set a new mark for players used in a game, 58.

870m pounds

Even if Anthony Martial never doesn’t quite meet expectations at Manchester United, the £36m that secured him from Monaco ensured Premier League clubs broke the summer transfer spending record again.

According to Deloitte’s analysis, the new mark of £870m topped the £835m lashed out in summer 2014.

315 minutes

San Diego fitness coach George Hood showed plenty of stomach for the fight in May, when he set this new world best for holding an abdominal plank.


The “Golden Bolt” — AKA Japanese runner Hidekichi Miyazaki — became the oldest man to run a competitive 100m at the Kyoto Masters in September. Alas, Miyazaki was downbeat after his 42.222 time.

“Today my target was 35 seconds. I shed tears of disappointment because I was not in good condition.”

75.7667° N

Two teams of rugby players, led by former England internationals Ollie Phillips and Tim Stimpson played the northernmost game of rugby at the Magnetic North Pole in May.

The charity match took place in -30C temperatures.


The largest attendance at a women’s sporting event in Europe in 2015, set by the ladies football final between Cork and Dublin at Croke Park.


Chasing 311 against West Indies in their World Cup clash in Christchurch, Pakistan’s start could not have been described as bright, as they collapsed to one for four, the worst ever beginning to a one-day international innings.


A hat-trick against Apoel Nicosia made Lionel Messi the highest scoring player in Champions League/European Cup history. He has since extended his tally to 80.

26 years, 72 days

Thomas Muller became the youngest player to clock up 50 wins in the Champions League in Bayern Munich’s 4-0 hiding of Olympiacos in November.


No attacking trident has combined for as many goals in a top league season as MSN managed in 2014/15. The final tallies: Messi 58, Neymar 29, Suarez 25.


Miguel Angel Jimenez got to show off his trademark gun salute and hip wiggle twice in eight days in May, when he nailed a hole-in-one at the BMW PGA Championship, matching his effort at the Spanish Open the week before.

Ten aces is a European Tour record, beating Colin Montgomerie’s nine.

6.23 terabytes

Eat your heart out Web Summit.

The crowd attending the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona, set a new world record for wi-fi data usage at a single-day single-stadium event.


American Brittany Bowe broke the world record in the women’s 1,000 metres in the World Cup speed skating event at the Utah Olympic Oval in November.

The previous mark of 1:12.51 had been set the previous week by team-mate Heather Bergsma.

“What Heather and I have going is pretty special — battling back and forth and breaking world records every time we’ve skated,” Bowe said.


Jan Bloemen shaved nearly five seconds off the 10,000m speed-skating best at the World Cup.

72 stone, 11 pounds

Stoke-on-Trent strongman Eddie ‘The Beast’ Hall lifted the bar again in July, smashing his own record for the dead lift. Hall finished fourth in this year’s World’s Strongest Man event.


Keith Earls’ first-half try against Romania brought his overall World Cup tally to eight, eclipsing Brian O’Driscoll’s Irish record.


Limerick swimmer Fiona Doyle set a 200m breaststroke (LC) Irish record at the Canadian Intervarsity Swimming Championships.

Doyle had set an Irish SC record for the 100m breaststroke the day before.

1.4 million

The price in euros fetched by 10-year-old gelding Dougie Douglas at the Goresbridge Supreme Sale of Showjumpers auction in Wexford in November — a new Irish record auction price according to The Irish Field.


Road racer Eileen Burns clipped an impressive 41 seconds off Caroline Ryan’s 10-mile time trial at the Swift Open TT in Yorkshire in September.


Jamie Vardy broke a new Premier League record by scoring in 11 consecutive games.


Mesut ‘the Vardy of provision’ Ozil set a new Premier League record of assists in seven successive games, when his free-kick allowed Olivier Giroud head in against West Brom.


A grip of Adam Johnson’s shirt in February earned Joey Barton the distinction of being booked in seven consecutive Premier League matches, a new foul sweep.

Ireland’s Ciaran Clark and Ivorian Cheick Tiote previously shared top spot with six.


Southampton midfielder Sadio Mane shattered Robbie Fowler’s 4:33 hat-trick record, laying waste to Shay Given and Aston Villa in under three minutes.


The number of minutes it took Sergio Aguero to net five goals against Newcastle in October, the fastest that feat has been accomplished.

5,136bn pounds

The new Premier League TV deal — jointly negotiated with Sky and BT — came in a tidy 72% up on the previous total.


They say you need five All-Ireland medals to be taken seriously talking football in Kerry.

There should be no shutting up Cork dual women Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley now they have 16 apiece, after this year’s double exploits.

The pair move past Dublin’s Kathleen Mills, though she did win all her 15 in camogie.


The new Irish indoor pole vault mark, set by Finn Valley vaulter Tori Pena in New Mexico in February.


Derek O’Connor, from Galway, became the first jockey to clock up 1,000 point-to-point winners when he rode Death Duty home on the Cragmore track in Limerick in February.


The All Blacks’ 62-13 embarrassment of France featured the most points scored by a team at the knock-out stage of a Rugby World Cup.


Just as well Alan McManus and Barry Pinches weren’t playing for the lights at the Ruhr Open in Mulheim, Germany, where the pair set a new record for the longest ever official snooker frame. Pinches eventually took it to level the match 3-3, but had no more to give as McManus rattled off the clincher in a 39-minute sprint.


American Ashton Eaton broke his own decathlon world record points total in taking gold at the World Championships in Beijing.


Japanese race walker Yusuke Suzuki broke the 20km world record at the Asian Race Walking Championships in April. Frenchman Yohann Diniz’s old mark 1:17:02 had lasted just a week.


Americans Kyle Merber (1200m), Brycen Spratling (400m), Brandon Johnson (800m) and Ben Blankenship (1600m) broke the men’s distance medley world record at the IAAF/BTC World Relays in the Bahamas in May. In January, an Irish team of Mark English, Ciarán Ó Lionard, Brian Gregan, and Declan Murray, ran 9:25.37 in finishing second behind the USA, inside the previous record of 9:25.97 set in 2008.


Remember when Declan Burns went to Superstars and set a new world record for chin-ups — 57 in a minute? These days, Surrey’s Stephen Hyland is the king of the discipline, this year extending his 30-minute record to 561 and his one-hour record to 1,050. Though American John Bocek is the endurance champ, managing 5,801 pull-ups over one 24 hours in May. But how are these lads’ squats, not to mind their penalties?

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