Even though you are part of a crowd of 20,000 rooting for greatness, the atmosphere rubs on you. To witness Usain Bolt do his fastest man on earth trick or see Michael Phelps achieve glory in a swimming pool is to experience vicarious sublimity. But to view both of them push themselves to the limits of human endurance is the stuff of memories that would remain with you forever. That they were doing this for the last time adds a quality of the immeasurable.
On Sunday night in Rio, Bolt from Jamaica showed in the 100m race the stuff he was made of. He did not beat the world record set by him, but he showed that within nine-odd seconds he could bring thousands in the Olympic Stadium to their feet with resounding applause. Hundreds of millions of homes across the world would have resonated with words of happiness. Phelps, an American swimmer, is the most decorated Olympian of all time, reaching 28 medals, 23 of them gold.