What was said by the world's athletes at the London Olympics:

"I grew up not really thinking I had a disability. I just thought I had different shoes." - Amputee 400m runner OSCAR "Blade Runner" PISTORIUS.

"Depressing. Who wants to sit through something like that?" - LOCOG chairman SEBASTIAN COE on the badminton match-tanking scandal that saw top-ranked players deliberately trying to lose matches before a jeering crowd.

"Those two medals are to my two girls that are coming. They're not born yet hopefully. They're twins so there's one for each. They could arrive any day." - Britain distance star MO FARAH after winning the 5000m, his second gold of London 2012 after taking the 10,000m earlier in the week.

"I'm deeply ashamed of my actions... I'll regret my behaviour for many years to come." - Disgraced Australian rower JOSH BOOTH after being told he would be sent home from London for damaging a shop front in a drunken rampage.

"It's just time to move on. There are other things I want to do in my life. I'm not sure staring at a black line for four hours a day is one of them." - US swimming legend MICHAEL PHELPS, who ended his spectacular career in the pool by winning his 18th Olympic gold medal in the men's 4x100m medley relay.

"It's not obviously, shall we say, the moral thing to do." - South African CAMERON VAN DER BURGH admits using an illegal 'dolphin kick' on his way to beating Australian Christian Sprenger in the 100m breaststroke final.

"I knew it was going to be like this. There wasn't a doubt in my mind it was going to be like this." - Jamaican sprinter USAIN BOLT after defending his Beijing gold in a blistering Olympic world record time of 9.63 seconds in London. Bolt joins Carl Lewis as only the second man to go back-to-back in track's biggest race

"I'm not suggesting vigilantism but it was actually poetic justice." - LOCOG chairman SEBASTIAN COE, after it was revealed the man that threw a bottle onto the track before the men's 100m final was clobbered by a Dutch judoka seated nearby.

"It's not that we haven't been performing, it's just that the world has stepped up." - CATE CAMPBELL offers her explanation for why Australia's swimmers couldn't fulfil expectations in the pool.

NZ Newswire

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