Usain Bolt and his teammates closed out the London 2012 Olympic Games track and field events August 11 by blowing past the competition to set a new World Record in the men's 4x100m relay, with a blazing fast final time of 36:84 seconds. But Bolt and company weren't the only track and field athletes who had spectacular results at the Olympics. Here's a look at others who set new World-best marks while competing for gold.
The women's 4x100m mark fell by the wayside on August 10 as Team USA's anchor leg Carmelita Jeter crossed the finish line ahead of the pack. In one of the most smile-inducing moments of the Games, the star sprinter whooped and pointed at the scoreboard as she finished the race, aware that she and teammates Allyson Felix, Tianna Madison and Bianca Knight had toppled the event's long-standing high-water mark.
Additionally, two individual track and field athletes set new World Records during the London 2012 Games. Kenyan David Rudisha already held the top mark in the men's 800m, but his race-winning time of 1:40.91 represented an improvement of .1 second. And although she finished just ahead of countrywoman Olga Kaniskina, Russia's Elena Lashmanova's final time of 1:25:02 in the August 11 women's 20km race walk became the mark to beat for future race walk stars.
How long will the World Records set at the London 2012 Games stand? It's hard to know. With athletes training hard and improving their performances daily, any record can be broken at any time.