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TOP TEN GREATEST OLYMPIANS.

Record Sport remembers the giants of the Games who have cast a golden glow over their sport during the past century CARL LEWIS (United States, athletics) Lewis won four golds in 1984, two in Seoul four years later, one in 1992 and two in 1996.

NADIA COMANECI (Romania, gymnastics) Just 14 in 1976 she scored a perfect 10, won three golds then two four years later.

MICHAEL PHELPS (United States, swimming) 22 medals in total - 18 of them gold, six at Athens 2004, eight in Beijing, four in London.

SIR CHRIS HOY (Great Britain, cycling) Scot's total of six gold medals is a British record with one in Athens, three in Beijing and two In London.

JESSE OWENS (United States, athletics) Four golds (100m, 200m, sprint relay, long jump) was a slap in Hitler's face in 1936.

MARK SPITZ (United States, swimming) Won seven golds in one Games - Munich 1972 - a record held until Michael Phelps broke it 36 years later.

PAAVO NURMI (Finland, athletics) Flying Finn won nine long-distance golds in the twenties, adding three silvers for a record total of 12.

USAIN BOLT (Jamaica, athletics) Lightning Bolt struck in Beijing and London - a double gold treble of 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay titles.

TEOFILO STEVENSON (Cuba, boxing) Stevenson dominated the heavyweights as he triumphed in 1972, 1976 and 1980.

BOB BEAMON (United States, athletics) His 29ft 2.5ins long jump in 1968 smashed Jesse Owens's record by more than a foot.

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Date:Aug 4, 2016
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