Bolt, Douglas top annual Olympic sports awards

Bronze: Jordan Burroughs, wrestling. Became one of the youngest to hit his sport's trifecta — and in no time flat — by winning 2012 Olympics after world and NCAA titles in 2011. Olympic gold medal match was his 38th straight freestyle win.

Women

Gold: Gabby Douglas, gymnastics. (See above)

Silver: Missy Franklin, swimming. The 17-year-old lived up to her billing by becoming the most gilded female athlete (four golds) in London and tying for most medals by a woman (five). Each of her five medals came in record-breaking performance: two world (one individual, one relay), three U.S. (one individual, two relay.)

Bronze: Allyson Felix, track and field: Three gold medals, including first ever in individual event, giving her gold and two silvers in 200 meters. Part of world record 4 x 100 relay.

Performance of year

Men

Gold: David Rudisha, Kenya, track. Immediately taking the lead, Rudisha won the fastest top-to-bottom 800 meters in history with a time of 1 minute, 40.91 seconds — a rare world record in races of 800 or longer set without help of pace-setting.

Silver: Chad le Clos, South Africa, swimming. By beating Michael Phelps in 200 butterfly, Le Clos had the most surprising triumph of the London Olympics. Phelps had not lost a major international race in the event since 2002.

Bronze: Ben Ainslie, Great Britain, sailing. Coming from behind on the final day of Finn racing, the 35-year-old won a fourth straight gold and fifth medal, leaving him tied for the most titles and medals in Olympic history.

Women

Gold: U.S. 4 x 100 relay, track. When the winning time came up, Allyson Felix couldn't believe the numbers: 40.82 seconds. The U.S. team of Tianna Madison, Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter had crushed 27-year-old world record (41.37) set by East Germany.

Silver: Ye Shiwen, China, swimming. The 16-year-old unwittingly sparked rancorous suspicion after breaking the world record in the 400 individual medley while covering the final 50 faster than men's winner Ryan Lochte. She won the 200 IM three days later.

Bronze: U.S. women's basketball. Won a fifth straight gold medal and 41st straight game, taking the final (86-50 over France) by an unprecedented margin.

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