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The Olympic dreams of New Zealand's Mahé Drysdale and Britain's Katherine Grainger (below, left) were finally realised at Eton Dorney, with both rowers clinching the Olympic gold medals that had eluded them throughout their decorated careers.Drysdale finished out of the medals in the coxless four in Athens in 2004, before switching to the single scull in search of solo success. He was the gold medal favourite heading to Beijing in 2008 but ended up finishing third. The 33-year-old finally achieved his Olympic dream in London, however, as he held off Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic to win gold in 6:57.82.Grainger had also suffered her fair share of Olympic heartbreak, winning three successive silver medals, but alongside double sculls partner Anna Watkins, the 36-year-old stormed to the Olympic title with a commanding and emotional victory.Day 8Veteran rowers Mahé Drysdale and Katherine Grainger finally achieve their life-long dreams, as both finally claim Olympic gold at Eton Dorney 3 AugustMichael Phelps ended his swimming career in customary style, winning his 18th Olympic gold medal as part of the USA quartet in the 4x100m medley relay. It was Phelps' 22nd Olympic medal and provided a fitting conclusion to an action-packed day. The women's triathlon kicked things off in dramatic fashion, as Switzerland's Nicola Spirig triumphed over of Sweden's Lisa Norden after a photo finish.USA tennis star Serena Williams then completed a career "Golden Slam" in the women's singles by beating Russia's Maria Sharapova, while Guatemala's Erick Barrondo won his country's first ever Olympic medal, claiming silver in the men's 20km walk behind China's Chen Ding.China also dominated the badminton courts at Wembley Arena, with Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei winning doubles gold and Li Xuerui beating compatriot Wang Yihan to claim the women's singles title.Day 9With 25 gold medals on offer, "Super Saturday" provides a string of highlights across a number of different sports, including the culmination of Michael Phelps' Olympic career, with the American swimmer winning a record 22nd medal in the pool 4 AugustOLYMPIC REVIEW 25LONDON 2012

Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt broke his own Olympic record on the tenth day of the Games, as he won an electrifying 100m final in 9.63 seconds - the second-fastest time ever. The 26-year-old - who won three Olympic gold medals in Beijing four years ago - recovered from a poor start to surge through the star-studded field and win his fourth Olympic gold ahead of compatriot Yohan Blake and bronze medallist Justin Gatlin of the USA. With seven of the eight finalists running under 10 seconds, it was the fastest race in Olympic history, and Bolt was pleased to cross the line first and become only the second man - after Carl Lewis - to retain the men's 100m title."It's always a great feeling for me to go in there to win a gold medal and defend my title, it's an honour," he said. "I'm just happy with it, it is a fast time, the second fastest time in the world."Earlier in the day, Great Britain's Ben Ainslie won his fourth successive Olympic gold medal to become the most decorated sailor in Olympic history. The 35-year-old clinched the Finn title in front of huge crowds in Weymouth after finishing ninth in a tense final race, edging Denmark's Jonas Høgh-Christensen into the silver medal position."I can't really believe it. I'm just relieved to have got through today," said Ainslie afterwards. "It was always going to be tough. The race was one of the most nerve-wracking experiences in my life."Day 10Jamaica's Usain Bolt wins an electrifying 100m final to defend the title he won in Beijing, while Britain's Ben Ainslie becomes the most decorated sailor in Olympic history as the he wins the Finn title to claim his fourth successive gold medal5 August26 OLYMPIC REVIEW LONDON 2012