Hardest sports record to break?

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Jahangir Khan holds the record for the longest unbeaten streak in professional sports, winning 555 consecutive squash matches from 1981 to 1986. He won six world championships and 10 British Open titles, starting the streak at 18 years old. Other notable sports records include Vince Carter’s 22-season NBA career, John Isner’s 11-hour tennis match, and the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team’s 111-game winning streak.

Sports fans love longevity. From the remarkable – shortstop/third baseman Cal Ripken Jr. played in a record 2,632 consecutive games – to the regrettable – the NFL’s Chicago Cardinals lost 29 straight games from 1942 to 1945 – anyone really stuck on sports stats loves a long period. But it’s a good bet that most sports fans won’t be able to name the holder of the longest unbeaten streak in all of professional sports. His name is Jahangir Khan and from 1981 to 1986 he competed in 555 consecutive squash matches, winning them all. It’s hard to decide which part of his accomplishment — or his life, for that matter — is more remarkable: that he was 18 when his streak began; that he won the world championship without losing a game; who won six world championships and 10 British Open titles; or that this list could go on and on? Regardless, one thing is certain: it will take a lot of time and effort to achieve Khan’s achievements.

In short:

As of 2020, Vince Carter holds the record for longest NBA career, with 22 seasons.
In 2010, John Isner beat Nicolas Mahut in a first round match at Wimbledon that lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes, played over three days. It was the longest match in tennis history;
The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team won a record 111 games between 2014 and 2017; the team owns the three longest streaks on record.

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