London 2012 record: Gold – 800m
Rudisha may not have the flamboyant attitude of Bolt, but the Kenyan delivered a breathtaking performance that dazzled the crowd in the Olympic Stadium. The 800m final was the fastest of all time with seven of the eight athletes running personal bests – five of them under 1:43 seconds. But the field was blown away by Rudisha, who led from start to finish, sprinting clear down the home straight to break his own world record.
Hamadou Djibo Issaka
London 2012 record: Last
“Issaka the Otter” won the heart of the crowds at the rowing despite finishing his two races more than a minute behind his competitors. A few months before the start of the Games, Issaka was a gardener in his country’s capital, Niamey, when he took up rowing in a fishing boat. “I have no technique, I only rely on power,” Issaka said. “I compete with courage, but there also people cheering me there, they applaud me and urge me to help me finish my race and I will do it.”