2012 Olympic Track and Field: Top 10 Moments of London Games

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2012 Olympic Track and Field: Top 10 Moments of London Games
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Track and field sure had a tough act to follow. 

The London Olympics' first week had more than its share of captivating storylines and moments. There was Michael Phelps finishing an unrivaled career. There was Missy Franklin and Gabby Douglas emerging as new superstars. 

Meanwhile, track and field fans waited patiently for the sport to have its chance to grab the attention and the spotlight. With what came first, the events on the oval and in the field had to be truly iconic and memorable to stand out.

As usual, a cast of stars both old and new delivered in epic fashion.

Whether it was Usain Bolt topping himself again, British athletes capturing the spotlight with sensational performances on the home track or world records going down, the Olympics were chock-full of moments of triumph. 

On the other side of the spectrum, there were moments of heartbreak and brutal twists of fate. Athletes' hopes of redemption and four years of hard work evaporating into thin air through injury or cruel happenstance.

In the following slides, I'll count down the 10 moments that stand out and will shoot to mind years from now.

It's impossible not to 'snub' somebody, so I apologize in advance. With all of the memorable performances in London, this was a problem I was happy to have.

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