Having just held an Olympic Games described as the ‘best modern Olympic Games ever‘ we decided to round up some of the most memorable moments from London 2012:
1. Mo Farah’s 10,000 and 5000m Triumph
Farah’s incredible win over the weekend makes him one of only six men to claim the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres titles at the same Olympics. He joins athletics superstars such as Czech Emil Zatopek, Soviet Vladimir Kuts, and Finland’s Lasse Viren, who did the double at both the 1972 and 1976 Games. Our greatest athlete said after his victory: “Two gold medals? Who would have thought that? It’s a dream, and everything worked out well. The crowd were amazing. They made an unbelievable noise.” – The Guardian
2. Ussain Bolt’s 100m Record
London 2012 saw Usain Bolt set a new record of 9.63 seconds for the 100m sprint. Bolt is now only the second man in the modern era of the sport to win two consecutive 100m Olympic finals the first was Carl Lewis in 1984 and 1988.
3. Jamaican Relay Team Set New Record
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake led their team to gold and a new world record in the men’s 4×100-meter relay final on the last second Saturday of the Olympics, bringing an intense end to the competition at the London Olympic Stadium. The Jamaican team, including, Bolt, Blake, Frater and Carter finished in 36.84, with Bolt drawing cheers as he ran the electrifying last leg.
“For me, it’s just a wonderful feeling to end on a high note,” he told the BBC with a big smile. “I knew it was possible, I wish we could have gone faster, but I guess it leaves room for improvement.” - The Telegraph
4. Chris Hoy’s Final Olympics
Having won gold on the first night of the track cycling in the men’s team sprint, Hoy’s triumph in the keirin was the perfect finale for Team GB. Hoy’s six golds take him past rowing great Sir Steve Redgrave’s five. And with a silver from Sydney 2000 as well, he equals Bradley Wiggins’s record total of seven medals. The 36-year-old Scot is sure he will not carry on for a fifth Games in 2016, but he is already assured of his status as track cycling’s greatest ever sprinter.
5. Jessica Ennis’ Heptathlon Gold
In one of the most iconic moments of the London 2012 Games, Ennis, considered by some as one of the faces of the Games, fulfilled her destiny with a series of outstanding personal bests that left her rivals helpless.
6. Murray’s Win at Wimbledon
Murray beat the Swiss world number one in straight sets, 6-2 6-1 6-4, on a raucous Centre Court. The 25-year-old is the first British man to win the Olympic tennis singles gold medal since Josiah Ritchie in 1908. Murray had never beaten Federer in a best-of-five-sets match and lost to him in this year’s Wimbledon final.
“It’s number one for me – the biggest win of my life,” said Murray. - BBC Sport
7. Phelps’ Final Gold Medal
Despite having admitted that he hadn’t trained as hard for the 2012 Olympics as he had in previous years, Phelps ended his Olympic career on a high, securing a jaw-dropping 22 medals for swimming over the years, 18 of which have been gold, making him the most decorated Olympian ever!
8. Bradley Wiggins Gold
The 32-year-old is now Britain’s most prolific Olympian, his gold medal taking his personal tally to seven, one ahead of Sir Steve Redgrave, and all that just 10 days after becoming the first brit to win the Tour De France!
9. U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Win
The U.S. women’s soccer team entered the London Olympics determined to win, after a heart-breaking loss to Japan in the 2011 Women’s World Cup Final. In a rematch, both teams met again to compete for the Olympic Gold. This time around the U.S. were the victors after a tight 2-1 victory played at London’s historic Wembley Stadium.
10. Sarah Attar’s 800m Standing Ovation
Sarah Attar finished last and more than a half-minute slower than her nearest competitor in the women’s 800 meters. Yet hundreds rose to give her a standing ovation as she crossed the finish line.
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