1. CROWNING THE GREATEST OLYMPIC ATHLETE OF ALL TIME: Michael Phelps ended his remarkable swimming career by winning four gold and two silver medals in London. He is now the most decorated Olympian ever, with a career total of 22 medals, 18 of them gold. In his final swim, he helped the U.S. reclaim the lead in the 4x100-meter relay, and afterward he got a special trophy from swimming officials …
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BOLT ADDS TO THE LEGEND: The speed. The medals. The poses. It could only be Usain Bolt, who electrified the London Games by becoming the first man to win the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay golds in back-to-back Olympics. Even IOC President Jacques Rogge, who initially balked at giving him "living legend" status, conceded that the six-time gold medalist "is the best sprinter of all time."
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BRITAIN'S GOLDEN NIGHT: Three British athletes won gold medals in Olympic Stadium in 44 minutes on Saturday, Aug. 4, to produce the signature night of the London Games: Jessica Ennis won the heptathlon, Greg Rutherford won the long jump, and Mo Farah won the 10,000 meters. (The Somali-born Farah also won the 5,000 meters on the final Saturday.) Counting two golds from the rowers and another from …
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WOMEN'S BOXING A HIT: Women's boxing was a big hit in its first Olympics, and it produced three memorable champions: Claressa Shields, the 17-year-old middleweight with the vicious right hand who established herself as the future of the sport; lightweight Katie Taylor of Ireland, the Bray Brawler whose bouts had thousands cheering with Irish pride; and Nicola Adams, the British flyweight who won …
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RUNNING ON A BROKEN LEG: American Manteo Mitchell heard a pop in his left leg with 200 meters to go in his segment of the 4x400 relay preliminaries, and the sprinter knew it was not good. If he stopped, he would lose the race, so he finished the lap, then limped to the side to watch his teammates complete the relay. The United States eventually made it into the finals and won the silver behind …
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