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Bolt won the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relays in London and at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. He declared himself a legend in London after successfully defending his titles.


The human story of the games saw Oscar Pistorious become the first double-amputee to participate in the Olympics against able bodied athletes when he ran the 400m and 4x400m relay for South Africa. He how- ever would go on to also compete at the Paralympic games where he created some controversy after he lost to Brazilian Alan Oliveira in the 200m Paralympic final, he complained of how Oliveira’s blades were too long and gave him an edge. The controversy brought to the fore the issue of his blades which some said gave him an advantage over able-bodied athletes. Anyhow controversy aside he did win the Paralympic T44 400m race and T42-T46 4x100m after a disappointing silver in the T44 200m.


Oscar Pistorious


Tirunesh Dibaba the Queen of middle distance running was able to repeat in London winning the 10000m Olympic gold, but fell short in the 5000 where she only managed to snag the bronze medal in an event in which she holds the world record failing to defend her Beijing title.


Dibaba was extremely happy with her performances, because she was only returning to active com- petition after a prolonged absence of over 16 months due to injury. She became the first woman to win back-to-back 10000m Olympic titles.


Vivian Cheruiyot was another double medallist, but after winning two gold medals in the 2011 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, the London Olympics favourite was a disap- pointment to herself and many Kenyan fans who had placed their hopes on her. The Kenyan won silver in the 5000m and bronze in 10000m falling way be- low expectations for herself and for her country after go- ing undefeated the whole of 2011.


Muriel Ahoure made it into two sprint finals in London. She placed sixth in the 200m final and seventh in the very fast 100m final. Ahoure broke her own Ivory Coast 100m record in the heats with a 10.99 scorcher.


Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria placed eighth in the same 100m final with Ahoure. Earlier on in the semi-finals she had ran a personal best of 10.92sec, which would have placed her sixth in the finals. She and the rest of the Nige- rian women’s team tried valiantly in the 4x100m relay team to bring home a medal for Nigeria from the Games but they fell short settling for fourth and barely out of the medals and with that last missing opportunity by the girls in the relay, Nigeria walked away from the London games with no medals at all.


Amantle Montsho from Botswana placed fourth in the 400m final. This was a disappointment for her as she had


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