London Olympics 2012: United States push China aside to restore medal dominance

A star-studded closing ceremony late on Sunday night marks the end of the Games.


Agencies August 13, 2012

LONDON:


The United States finished top of the London Olympics medal table on Sunday with 46 golds ahead of China on 38 and hosts Britain with 29. The US won 104 medals in total with 29 silver and 29 bronze followed by China on 87, including 27 silver and 22 bronze. Britain won 64 medals overall with 16 silver and 19 bronze.


At the main stadium in London’s East End, the closing ceremony brought the curtain down on 16 full days of spectacular sporting action, passionate crowds and the thrill of watching hosts Britain punch well above their weight.

A star-studded closing ceremony late on Sunday night marked the end of the Games. The Spice Girls, The Who and George Michael performed at a concert titled “A Symphony of British Music” featuring more than 30 hits from the last five decades.

“This is the disco at the end of a wedding,” artistic director Kim Gavin said of the ceremony, at the conclusion of which the Olympic Flame is extinguished and all eyes turn from London to 2016 hosts Rio de Janeiro.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister David Cameron basked in the glory of hosting a successful Olympics which has helped lift the gloom in recession-hit Britain, praising the prowess of British athletes after their best medal haul for more than 100 years.

“We showed the world what we’re made of, we reminded ourselves of what we could do and, yes, we demonstrated that you should never ever count Team GB down and out,” Cameron told reporters at his official Downing Street office, where a section of running track had been laid in front of its black door.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 13th, 2012.

COMMENTS (3)

moonjely sony | 9 years ago | Reply

Long Live America

S.A. Sheikh, | 9 years ago | Reply

By organizing London Olympics 2012 in such a grand glorious designs and style of minutest details of perfection of human ingenuity, one really find it difficult to pick-up correct words to express ones feelings of this unique feast of enjoyment and entertainment gala, involving the best the competitors of the human race, of which USA, Peoples China and UK got the top three positions amongst 204 participating countries.On this historic occasion, The Queen of United Kingdom, the Govt. of PM Cameron and the Organizing body and the British nation as a whole are hereby congratulated on making this fantastic, unprecedented creation of shape and form of sixteen days of the London Olympic Show.

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