* indicates the record was set during one of the preliminary heats.
In some cases a better result (time or distance) can be found for an event, but this usually means
the better result was made with a wind speed greater than that allowed by the rules.
** The javelin record (over time) appears to go 'backwards' at one point. This was because the
javelin could be thrown so far (over 100 metres for men) it was becoming increasingly difficult
to fit a safe throwing-range into a stadium, so the javelin was re-designed so as not to be
thrown so far! This meant that records had to be 're-started'.