LONDON – In the end, 2012 wasn’t the last Olympics to see Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps. It was the Summer Games where their legendary status was cemented.
Bolt became the first athlete to win both sprints at consecutive Olympics.
The Jamaican track sensation electrified the Olympic Stadium in London by winning the 100 meters in 9.63 seconds and the 200 in 19.32. It was so effortless that he could afford to ease up over the last few strides of the 200 and raise his left index finger to his lips. It was telling everyone to shush.
“That was for all that people that doubted me, all the people that was talking all kinds of stuff that I wasn’t going to do it, I was going to be beaten,” Bolt said. “I was just telling them: 'You can stop talking now, because I am a legend.'”
Bolt’s last spectacle for the London crowd was sealing a third gold by running a blistering anchor leg to set a world record in the 4x100 relay.
It was only a short dash from the track to the pool on the Olympic Park.
The aquatics center is where Phelps became the most decorated athlete in Olympic history. With four golds and two silvers, the then-27-year-old American’s medal haul rose to 18 golds and 22 medals overall.
And with that he hung up his suit, cap and goggles.