bill-swift - August 14, 2012
And so that's it. The 2012 Olympics are done. Will Rio be able to match the achievements of our cosy little neighbours to the east in four years time? Well, it'll take a huge effort to do so.
It's been two weeks of Queen diving, Union Jack waving, Usain Bolting, Spice Girls performing jubilation but unfortunately it had to come to an end at some point.
At least we have the Paralympics to help us through our comedown. Stop laughing.
Olympic lovers are now spending their days either doing the 'MoBot' or 'Usain's Point', both of which they look stupid doing if you're not either Farrah or Bolt, whilst us sane people are just left with the memories. But what were the greatest moments of the 2012 London Olympics?
Usain Bolt, 100m - Remember when everyone thought that he was going to get beaten? Idiots. The fastest man who ever lived simply sauntered to victory over his closest rival Yohan Blake and the drug cheat Justin Gatlin in an Olympic record turning himself into a legend in the process. Two further gold medals in the 200m and 4x100m relay also showed his class and proved to those who doubted him that he still had it.
Mo Farah, 5,000m - Great Britain has never had a truly great long distance runner. It's probably due to the country's climate and lack of discipline, but now they they have one of the greatest whose ever graced the track. Step forward Mo Farah who became only the 7th runner in history to claim both the 5,000 and 10,000 gold medals. His triumph on the 4th August in the longer distance kick started a momentous 45 minutes for the nation but it was his most recent accomplishment which secured his legacy.
Michael Phelps became the greatest - It would have been easy for Phelps to simply sit back and relax after his success in Beijing four years ago. Some might say that's what he did, what with all his drug intaking, so maybe he felt like he had something to prove as he added 4 more golds to his tally and became the greatest ever Olympian with a total of 22 medals to his name. Thank Christ he has such a large neck.
David Rudisha, 800m - Most people hadn't heard of Kenya's David Rudisha two weeks ago. Now they have. An absolute belter of a run saw him the smash the 800m world record and gripped everyone in the Olympic Park who then released an almighty roar in appreciation towards the runner. His acheivement was even more remarkable given the fact that his run allowed the rest of the pack behind him to smash their personal bests and record times that would have seen them awarded gold in Beijing.
Katie Ledecky, 800m freestyle - Kathleen is only 15 years old. Let me put it another way, she was born in 1997 .... I need to go and reevaluate my life.