Osaka, Japan, September 16, 2015 - Thomas Egdar of Australia did what no other volleyball player has ever done on September 12. He scored a staggering 50 points in a single FIVB Men's World Cup match last week in Hiroshima.
The 26-year-old, 2.12m-tall Queensland-born opposite shattered the existing record (since the introduction of the rally score system) of 43 points scored by Puerto Rico's Hector Soto against Korea in 2007. That was an astounding 45.87 per cent of the total of 109 point of Australia in the game.
There have been 17 instances of players scoring 30 points or more in a single World Cup game. It's already happened three times this year before we even got to the half-way point of the 2015 World Cup.
Ahmed Abdelhay of Egypt scored 36 points against Canada last week. That was at the time the second-best performance of all time behind Soto's, though they've both since been surpassed by Edgar's 50. Abdelhay then went on to score 30 points in the same match that Edgar got his 50.
In fact, the 31-year-old opposite and captain of the Egyptian team appears three times on the all-time World Cup scorers of more than 30 points. He first appeared in 2011 when he got in 30 points against hosts Japan in just four sets.
There's no other player to have scored above 30 points in more than one World Cup match.
And there's just one to have that achievement to his name in only three sets. Russia's Roman Iakovlev scored 30 points to lead his team to a straight-set win over Japan in 1999.