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London 2012



2012 LONDON

London held a party like no other as they hosted what was called "the greatest Olympics ever". The games were well-organised, saw some great performances from the athletes and had a party atmosphere which just about everyone raved about.

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London, Madrid, Moscow, New York City, Paris, Leipzig, Rio de Janeiro, Istanbul, Havana

Top Athletes

Mo Farah and Usain Bolt headlined the Games and delivered in their respective events. Farah claimed the 5000-10 000m double while Bolt claimed the triple - 100m, 200m, 4x100m - to defend the titles he won he Beijing four years earlier.

Breakout star Chad le Clos beat the most decorated Olympian, Michael Phelps, to claim gold in the men's 200m butterfly. He also won silver in the men's 100m butterfly behind Phelps.

Kenya's David Rudisha smashed the world record in the men's 800m and dragged the rest of the field to personal bests and national records. It was a wonderful moment in front of a full stadium.

Felix Sanchez defied his age and logic when he won gold in the men's 400m hurdles - eight years after he won gold in Sydney in the same event. He cried like a baby on the medal podium and the crowd wept with him.

Greg Rutherford trilled the home crowd after winning gold in the men's long jump - after starting as a dark horse for a medal.

Memorable Moments:

The magnificent opening ceremony highlighted London's diverse residents, status as home to captain's of industry, touched on their history, showed off their music and film, and included a cameo by the Queen herself. The ceremony was directed and created by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle and rivalled, if not eclipsed, the Sydney opening ceremony of 2000.

Other

Michael Phelps takes on Ryan Lochte. The emerging star beat Phelps in the 400m individual medley but Phelps struck back to claim gold in the 200m individual medley

Robert Harting wins gold in the men's discus and celebrates by ripping off his shirt - Hulk-style.

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jenning win their third-consecutive gold meal in volleyball, beating out fellow Americans April Ross and Jennifer Kessy

Briton Nicola Adams wins the first-ever femaleboxing medal in Olympic history.

Caster Semenya returns from slump following the scandal surrounding her gender to win silver in the women's 800m.

Andy Murray wins gold at Wimbledon to add to the host's medal tally. Serena Williams takes the women's gold medal..

Mexico stun in the men's football final to beat Brazil to gold. Korea take the wilver medal. USA wins the women's gold medal after beating Japan and Canada take bronze.

Cameron van der Burgh takes gold in the men's 100m breastroke, beating rivals Christian Sprenger and Brendan Hansen.

South Africans James Thompson, John Smith, Sizwe Ndlovu and Matthew Brittain take gold in the men's coxless fours.

South African Bridgitte Hartley tkes bronze in the women's K1500m

Double-amputee Oscar Pistorius makes history as he is allowed to compete in London. He reaches the semifinals of the men's 400m and runs the heats of the 4x400m relay

Position Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States of America 46
28
29
103
2 China 38
29
21
88
3 Great Britain 29
17
19
65
4 Russian Federation 22
25
32
79
5 South Korea 13
8
7
28
6 Germany 11
19
14
44
7 France 11
11
12
34
8 Australia 8
17
12
37
9 Italy 8
9
11
28
10 Hungary
8
4
6
18
Position Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
23 South Africa
3
2
1
6
24
Ethiopia 3
1
3
7
28
Kenya
2
4
5
11
45
Tunisia
1
1
1
3
=50
Algeria
1
0
0
1
=50
Uganda
1
0
0
1
58
Egypt
0
2
0
2
=69
Botswana
0
1
0
1
=69
Gabon
0
1
0
1
79
Morocco
0
0
1
1

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