“Hello, Goodbye” London – Greatest Olympics Yet!
And so it comes to an end! One of the most spectacular and memorable Olympics ever to hit the ground running concluded yesterday in a breath-taking closing Ceremony.
London bade farewell to the Olympic Games with a high-octane romp through British pop music, bringing the curtain down on more than two weeks of top class action particularly in the illustrious London Athletics Stadium.
The stadium was the setting for some of the most spectacular moments of the Games, including Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt defending the 100, 200 and 4×100 metres titles he won in Beijing, the latter in a world-beating time.
British supporters will also cherish memories of the venue, where Somali-born runner Mo Farah won the 5 000 and 10 000 double to deafening roars and was celebrated as a symbol of the capital’s multiculturalism.
Behind the USA who sported an impressive 46 Gold medals, the host nation won 29 golds to take third place in the rankings, its best result for 104 years, which helped lift the nation out of the gloom of an economic recession temporarily buried in the inside pages of the newspapers.
South Africans can certainly be proud of our athletes achievements as we earned a total of 6 medals (3 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze) earning 24th place on the medallions standings.
The only other occasion we achieved this record tally Olympics.
One of our most memorable moments will most definitely be when one young Chad Le Clos dethroned the greatest Olympian yet, Micheal Phelps from the USA in the breaststroke to take the Gold.
- London 2012: Mo Farah honoured by Usain Bolt ‘Mobot’ tribute (guardian.co.uk)
- London bids farewell, US top of the world – Reuters UK (uk.reuters.com)
- Olympics come to glorious end (kfwbam.com)