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PHOTO/ London Olympics: Making History

See photos of the big record breakers and winners at the London 2012 Olympics, including Jamaican Usain Bolt, who retained his title of the fastest man in the world.

Usain Bolt winning the 100 meter  (Infophoto) Usain Bolt winning the 100 meter (Infophoto)

The Olympics are always a time for history making. As the biggest stage in sports, happening only once every four years, it is the time for countries and athletes to put forward their best. This year’s Olympics already broke records for the most tickets sold, the largest TV audience, as well as the biggest and heaviest medals. London also became the first city to host the Olympics three times. Here are some of the athletic moments of the London 2012 Olympic Games that will go down in history.

US swimmer Michael Phelps ends his Olympics with the most medals (6, 4 gold and 2 silver) and breaks the record for most overall Olympic medals with 22 and 18 golds.

Jamaican runner and fastest man in the world Usain Bolt defended his 2008 Olympic title in the 100 meter dash, breaking an Olympic record in the process with his time of 9.63 seconds (he left his world record of 9.58 intact). He now looks to win the 200 meters as well this afternoon.

Returning to swimming, after Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen swam faster than the men last week, her countryman Sun Yang smashed his own record in the 1,500 meter freestyle, proving that he is the king of that discipline. A total of nine world records were broken in an Olympics when many thought that the tighter swimsuit regulations would lead to slower times.

In other slightly less watched sports, more historical performances took place. China’s Zhou Lulu became the strongest woman in the world, winning gold in the over 75kg weightlifting contest. Britain’s Ben Ainslie became the most decorated Olympic sailor of all time by winning his fourth gold and fifth medal. Then, in shooting, Italy’s Jessica Rossi hit 99 out of 100 clay targets in the trap final at only 20 years of age. Australian Sally Pearson broke an Olympic record while winning the 100 meter hurdles.

The team sports are still in the knockout phases, but there have already been some moments worthy of the history books. The US men’s basketball team set a record for most points scored in their 156-73 demolishing of the Nigerian team. Carmelo Anthony set a scoring record of 37 points. US beach volleyball duo of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh made it to the final and, if they beat their fellow Americans, they could be the first threepeat, after winning the gold in Athens and Beijing. Meanwhile, China is set to complete a full sweep of the table tennis medals, winning 4 gold and two silver.

All of this and more has happened so far, and there are still a few days of competition left.
See photos of the big winners starting on the next page.