Gold medallist USA's Michael Phelps, reacts after the Men's swimming 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 13, 2016. / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS
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Twin titans Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps have mined a trove of Olympic gold, changed the sporting landscape and left a huge hole that starts in Rio and goes around the world.There is no one in sight with the sporting power nor the charisma to take the place of Phelps and Bolt – who have 32 gold medals between them – in the swimming pool or on the running track."The Greatest" may be just Muhammad Ali-style hyperbole that Bolt likes to throw about, but his nine golds over three Olympics cannot be countered.From Beijing in 2008 through London 2012 and, finally, in Rio, Bolt and Phelps captivated die-hard fans of their sports, and casual spectators attracted like moths to the Olympic flame.In Beijing he cemented his place among Games greats with a perfect eight golds in eight events at the Water Cube, while Bolt electrified the Birds' Nest stadium with his 100, 200 and 4x100 sprint triumphs.
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