Two weeks before his 35th birthday, Felix Sanchez amazingly won the 400 metres hurdles gold medal in London, repeating his achievement in Athens in 2004. His winning time of 47.63 secs, was exactly the same as in 2004 and was his fastest run for eight years.
For one of the most exhausting events on the track, Sanchez’s performance at his age was truly remarkable. In between 2004 and 2012 his only global highlight was a silver medal in the 2007 World Championships in Osaka. His second gold medal meant he joined Edwin Moses and Angelo Taylor as hurdlers who won their second Olympic title eight years after their first.