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(of an athlete) break a record or several records.
- ‘It was no longer enough for her or her supporters that she should just run well; she should also rewrite the record books.’
- ‘Mind you Phil Stephenson rewrote the record books by setting a time of 3mins 10 secs - he's looking sharp.’
- ‘One of the most legendary figures in the history of American sports, Abdul-Jabbar spent his NBA career rewriting the record books following All-America careers at New York's Power Memorial High School and at UCLA.’
- ‘Even as a junior, the Welsh cycling sensation was rewriting the record books, winning four world titles in the space of a year.’
- ‘His awesome talent, good looks and attacking style of play have helped rewrite the record books and take the sport to unprecedented heights of popularity across the world.’
- ‘Even the New York Knicks' Richie Guerin, the high scorer on the other team the day Wilt rewrote the record books, collected two more points than the combined Pistons-Lakers total.’
- ‘Suddenly the also-ran was rewriting the record books, running times that were tenths of seconds faster than anything in history.’
- ‘The crowd roared their approval as one of Irish racing's greatest favourites rewrote the record books yet again and Pat Smullen repeatedly waved his whip in triumph.’
- ‘In Kimberley Western Province rewrote the record books with a 68-24 victory over Griquas at Absa Park after leading 28-7 at half-time.’
- ‘Pioneer rewrote the record books by becoming the first girls' team in Michigan's illustrious swimming history to win the prestigious national title.’
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