London Olympics 2012 Concluded as US Topped the Medal Tally
The 30th Summer Olympics ( London Olympics 2012 ) concluded in London on 12 August 2012. The 17 – day event was inaugurated at Olympic Stadium at the Olympic Park in East London on 27 July 2012. London Olympics witnessed nearly 10500 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees participating in as many as 26 sports events.
At the end of the game US topped the medal tally with a total of 104 medals ( 46 Gold + 29 Silver + 29 Silver ) followed by China, which bagged a total of 88 medals ( 38 Gold + 27 Silver + 23 Bronze ). Great Britain with 65 medals ( 29 Gold + 17 Silver + 19 Bronze ), Russia with 82 medals ( 24 Gold + 26 Silver + 32 Bronze ) and South Korea with 27 medals ( 13 Gold + 8 Silver + 6 Bronze ) finished third, fourth and fifth respectively. India with a total of 6 medals ( 2 Silver + 4Bronze ) finished 55th on the medal tally.
India at London Olympics 2012
India had sent 83-member team to the London Olympics 2012, which is the largest ever contingent sent by Indian Olympic Association in the Olympics. India’s total number of medals in London Olympics 2012 stood at a record haul of six medals. Shooter Vijay Kumar bagged the silver medal in the 25 m Rapid Fire event, while MC Mary Kom, five – time world women’s boxing champion, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal and rifle shooter Gagan Narang won India bronze medals. Gagan Narang opened India’s account at the medal tally after he won bronze in shooting event on 30 July 2012.
India’s men’s hockey team badly disappointed those who were expecting them to reclaim the lost glory of Indian hockey. The team in a show of disastrous performance finished 12th and at the bottom most as they lost all their six matches. It was the worst – ever performance by the Indian hockey team in the history of Olympics. Prior to this the worst ever performance of the Indian Hockey team came in 1996 Atlanta Olympics when it had finished 8th.
Besides, major medal hopes for the country such as Beijing Gold medalist Abhinav Bindra in shooting and Deepika in Archery also could not meet with the expectations of the people, as they squarely failed to deliver a medal winning performance. Beijing bronze medalist Vijender Kumar also failed to recreate the magic in the boxing ring as he lost to Uzbekistan’s Abbos Atoev 17-13 in the quarterfinals.
India’s History in Summer London Olympics
India started participating in Summer Olympics from Paris Olympics 1900 after Norman Pritchard, an Anglo – Indian, participated in two events and claimed silver in both the events. India first sent its contingent to Summer Olympics in Antwerp Olympics 1920 and has sent its team in every Olympics since then. In the last 112 years of modern Olympics India has won mere nine gold and 8 of them are in hockey and one in individual shooting event. After 6 medal haul at the London Olympics 2012 total number of medals won by India now stands at 26.
Major Medal winning Performances at London Olympics 2012
- Michael Phelps bagged 6 medals ( 4 Gold + 2 Silver ) in swimming, becoming the most decorated Olympian ever with 22 medals.
- Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt clinched three gold in three separate events ( 100 meter race, 200 meter race and 4X100 meter relay team race ). He won the 100 metres gold medal with a time of 9.63 seconds, setting a new Olympic record for that distance. He took 19.32 seconds to clinch 200 meters gold. With a storming victory in both 100 and 200 meters race he became the only sprinter in the history to defend both Olympic titles.
- Germany beat Netherlands 2-1 to win men’s hockey gold.
- Mexico beat Brazil 2-1 to win Soccer gold.
- United States defeated Spain to win men’s Basketball gold.
- Andy Murray of Great Britain beat Roger Federer of Switzerland to win tennis men’s singles gold.
- Russia defeated Brazil to win men’s volleyball gold.
- Dan Lin of China beat Malaysian Chong Wei Lee to clinch Badminton men’s singles gold.
Mascot for London Olympics 2012
Mascots have been a part of Olympic Games since Munich 1972, when Waldi, a dachshund, was the symbol of the Munich games. The mascots of London Games were Wenlock and Mandeville. While Wenlock is a mascot of Olympics, Mandeville is mascot for Paralympics. These are two ultra-modern one – eyed creatures.
London Olympic Torch
Olympic Torch is the symbol of Olympic Games which is lit in Olympia ( modern day Greece ). The initial editions of Olympics were organized without flame. The tradition of torch was reintroduced in Amsterdam Olympics 1928.
London Olympic Medals
There were 4700 medals ( Gold, Silver, Bronze ) up for grab at the London Olympics 2012. The Olympic medals weigh between 375 – 400 grams, they are eighty – five millimetres in diameter and seven millimetres thick. The gold medals are not actually made of solid gold. They are in fact 92.5 percent silver and 1.34 percent gold, while the rest is copper. Metals used in the medals were mined in Mongolia and Utah in the United States.On every medal there is the image of Nike, the Greek Goddess of victory.
31st Summer London Olympics
The 31st edition of Summer Olympics will be held in Reo de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016. The city was made the host of the event in 121st IOC session. The games are scheduled to be held fron 5 August to 21 August 2016.
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