London Olympics is into its last day and it will be only fair to say that the world witnessed some of the finest and the most gruelling action in sports. Athletes from over 200 countries participated in the biggest sporting event and the result has been outstanding.
London Olympics has seen a lot of records being broken, some true champions emerge and many heartbreaks. Some athletes achieved tremendous heights here; it is a very difficult task to pick up the top five athletes of the Games. Here are the top five athletes according to Indian Sports News, as the feat has been most important for them and for their nation.
1. Usain Bolt (Jamaica): He is the fastest man in the world and there is no arguing that. Bolt was under a lot of pressure coming into the tournament. People criticized him for being too loose and not being focused. His loss to his countryman Yohan Blake gave people reasons to write him off.
But what happened in the Olympics is for everyone to see. Bolt became the first Olympian in the history of the Games to successfully defend his 100m and 200m titles. Bolt outshone his opponent in what was the most amazing 100m race of all times. By doing that he proved to one and all that there is no questioning his ability and his priority.
2. Michael Phelps (USA): Michael Phelps after the London Olympics will always be remembered as the most successful Olympian of all times. Phelps had a slow start to London Olympics compared to Beijing where he won all the eight gold medals that was on offer. People started questioning whether he has lost his touch, but no one will ask that question now. Phelps ended his campaign with four gold medals and six silver medals.
He now has a total of 22 Olympics medals, most by any athlete.
3. Missy Franklin (USA): She at the age of 17 did the things that people are not able to do in their entire life-time. Franklin with four gold medals and one silver medal was behind only Michael Phelps on the list of highest medal takers in London Olympics 2012. She also made two world records in 200 meter individual backstroke where she clocked in at 2:04:06 and the 4 x 100 meter medley which the U.S. team in which she competed clocked in at 3:52:05.
Franklin has come at a time when Phelps is on the verge of retiring and U.S. is blessed to have her. She is already being considered as the next big thing in swimming.
4. Andy Murray (Great Britain): His has been a dream story in this Olympics. Murray who just before the Olympics had a heartbreaking loss in the finals of the Wimbledon in front of his home crowd against Roger Federer. Britain has been waiting for their Wimbledon champion from the past 75 years and Murray got agonizingly close to it.
He broke down after the match and he had good reasons for that as he became a player who played in finals of all the four Grand Slams but could not mange to win any of them.
But Murray got her revenge as he defeated Federer in the same arena to give the people of Britain what they wanted.
5. Mo Farah (Great Britain): There was tremendous pressure on him before the race and he did deliver the goods by becoming the first Briton to win a gold medal in 10,000m.
It was a very emotional moment seeing him win the medal with the difficult time that he has seen. He in the process defeated Kenenisa Bekele from Eth.
Indian Sports News Network