The ultimate sporting competition of the world is upon us as the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 get underway on Saturday after a year's delay due to the coronavirus pandemic. And so many records are there to be equalled or smashed.
Men's Olympic records waiting to fall
What to watch out for as the Tokyo 2020 men's tournament gets underway
Published 09:00, 22 Jul 2021
Nine players have broken the 30-point mark in scoring in a single match at the Olympic Games. No one has done it twice - but two, Poland's Bartosz Kurek and Maxim Mikhalyov of ROC, will be at Tokyo to try and get their names for a second time on the board.
The record to beat here is held by Germany's Gyorgy Grozer, who fired off as many as 39 (29/57 for 51% in attack, 7 blocks and 3 aces) against Serbia in pool play at the London 2012 Olympics.
30+ men's scoring performances in a single Olympic Games match
v SRB (3-2)
v RUS (2-3)
v RUS (2-3)
v NED (1-3)
v POL (2-3)
v USA (3-2)
v BRA (3-2)
v BRA (1-3)
v ARG (3-2)
Despite this performance, Grozer was not the overall best scorer of the London 2012 Games. That distinction went to Maxim Mikhaylov with 148 points. The 33-year-old is back this year at Tokyo 2020 in a bid to better the all-time Olympic record of 150 points registered by Argentina's Marcos Milinkovic at Sydney 2000.
Also back this year is Brazil's Wallace de Souza, top scorer of the Rio 2016 Games as he led his side to the Olympic title.
Top scorers at Olympic Games men's volleyball
Wallace de Souza
Also up for grabs at Tokyo 2020 are records in individual scoring skills.
Alexey Kuleshov stuffed his opponents nine times as he led Russia to a 3-1 win over USA at Athens 2004, and this blocking record for a single match still stands, 17 years later. As a team effort, Bulgaria registered 22 blocks against Japan at Beijing 2008.
But the most prolific blocker overall at an Olympic Games is Brazil's Gustavo Endres with 29 blocks at Beijing 2008 for an average per set of 1.04. Artem Volvich, who is returning this year for Russia, had 27 blocks (.90 per set) at Rio 2016.
Three players jointly hold the serving record for a single match at the Olympics. Cuba's Angel Davis (against Australia in a straight-set win at Sydney 2000), USA's Clayton Stanley (against Russia in a 3-2 win at Beijing 2008) and Italy's Christian Savani (against Bulgaria in a 3-1 win at London 2012) served seven aces each.
Savani's overall record of 20 aces (.69 per set) at London 2012 remains the one to beat - and fellow Italian Ivan Zaytsev who was best server at Rio 2016 with 14 aces (.48 per set) will be on hand at Tokyo to try and do just that.
Most aces by a team in a single Olympic Games match is 12, by Brazil against Italy (3-2) in Athens 2004 and by Russia against Germany (3-2) in Beijing 2008.
All records are since the introduction of the rally-scoring system, as of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.