This year’s Olympics could well be touted the “Olympics of legends”.
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We’ve seen some incredible performances in the first week of the Rio de Janeiro event –which is also the first time an Olympics has been held in South America.

The swimming meet got off with a bang thanks to SA’sown Kyle Chalmers.

“King Kyle” set the pool alight with his blistering 100-metre freestyle win, which had the whole of SA on its feet.

But how about Michael Phelps?

Has there ever been an athlete like that man?

Phelps famously announced his retirement after the 2008 Beijing Olympics –only to make a return to swimming a year later.

The US swimmer is undoubtedly the star of the pool –and Olympics –where his wins took his gold medal tally to a record 23.

He already held the record for most gold medals –nine was the previous best, held by four other athletes –and so this was merely the icing on the cake for the man whose name will surely be permanently etched into the history books.

But there have been other major moments, perhaps unlucky to share the limelight with the God-like Phelps.

American Katie Ledecky was dominant in the women’s swimming.

And what about Simone Biles, the US’ top gymnastic talent?

And who could ever forget Usain Bolt?

The speedy Jamaican virtually jogged his way through the 100-metre heats and semis, before sealing a convincing third win in the event –the only person to have ever done so.

He’s now eyeing the 200 metres –and he will most likely add that to his incredible list of achievements too.

But we can’t forget our other local talents who have put in some incredible performances.

Of course Murray Bridge’s own Murray Cod, James McRae, stroked his way to a silver medal in the men’s quad sculls.

From bronze in London to silver in Rio, can he make it gold in Tokyo?

Gawler’s Jack Bobridge and Callum Scotson have been impressive on the bike track –already securing a silver in the 4000m team pursuit.

And then there is SA’s golden girls Anna Meares, who has added to her medaltallyandJessica Trengove, who finished a credible 22ndin the women’s marathon on Sunday.

That’s just week one –imagine week two!

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