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NEW YORK — The world’s most decorated sprinter, the world’s best distance runner and the world champion in the men’s and women’s 100 meters, have all been inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame.
The list includes six athletes who have won the 100 meters four times or more: the winner of the 100 at the 2012 London Games; the winner in the 100 back at the 2008 Beijing Games; and the runner who won gold at the 2002 Atlanta Games.
As of Saturday, the hall had more than 100 former athletes, including the runner whose home country won the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, as well as several former Olympians.
The list also includes athletes who won bronze medals in the 200 meters, 100 meters and the men and women half-marathon at the 1976 and 1980 Olympics, and four Olympic sprinters who won the 200 and 200-meter freestyle at the 1984 Games in Berlin.
Among those inducted Saturday was American sprinter Mark Cavendish, who won four Olympic gold medals at the 1988 Beijing Games, a record for a sprintership.
He was inducted in the 400 meters on Sunday, marking Cavendish’s third appearance in the hall.
The other three Olympians on the list are Canadian cyclist Marc VDS and Australian runner John McEnroe.VDS was an American Olympian who won three gold medals in Beijing and London in 1988.
He competed for the United States in the 1992 Barcelona Games.
McEnoe won two Olympic golds at the 1992 Athens Games, becoming the only Canadian to win two medals.
He became the first American to win a medal in the 50-meter hurdles at the 1994 Athens Games.
The hall honored the sprinters by presenting a gold medal to Cavendish at the ceremony in which he was presented with his medal.
The Hall of Famer, who also holds two Olympic silver medals, told NBC News on Sunday that he is proud to have been a part of the list.
“I’m happy that I was a part,” Cavendish said.
“I’m a very humble guy and I always say it.
I am so proud to be in the Hall of Hall of Famers.
This is a huge honor.
It was a big thing for me and I just wanted to put it on the table.
I had the privilege of being on the hall for a few weeks.
I’m just honored to have a part in it.”
I have a few medals on the mantelpiece.””
When I went through all of the medals for Beijing I said, ‘I’m going to have to put this medal on the wall.’
I have a few medals on the mantelpiece.”
Cavendish won gold in the 5,000 meters at the 2004 Beijing Games and bronze in the 800 meters at last year’s Olympics.
He has competed for USA since 1999, winning the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials and the 2000 world championships.
He also was a member of the U.N. World Track and Field Team in Beijing in 2002.