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Bolt races his way to the top

8/21/2012

We're still not sure whether to call him a "living legend" or an "active performance legend," but our panel definitely decided on one title for Usain Bolt: Cross-Sport Power Rankings winner. For the second consecutive Olympics, the Jamaican sprinter captivated the world, sweeping gold in the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay, easily earning the top spot in this week's rankings.

Settling for silver is PGA champion Rory McIlroy, who ran away from the field at Kiawah Island, becoming the youngest winner of golf's fourth major since it converted to a stroke play format in 1958. His eight-stroke margin of victory surpassed Jack Nicklaus, who won by seven strokes in 1980.

But should Rory have won our edition of the gold? And what about our bronze winner, Kevin Durant, who led the U.S. to gold in London? Our panel had them one way, but do you agree? Let your voice be heard in the comments, and if you impress the panel, you could be chosen as a guest ranker for next week.

2012 Cross-Sport Power Rankings panel: Sara Walsh, John Buccigross, Robert Flores, Michael Smith, Bram Weinstein, Mike Hill, Jorge Andres, Charissa Thompson, DJ Gallo, Jim Basquil, Kevin Connors, Jeff MacGregor and Steve Weissman.

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The Cross-Sport Power Rankings week runs from Tuesday to Monday, covering all sporting events that fall in that time span.