Athletes fly home as flame goes out
In a guide to the ceremony, Prince Harry, who attended with the Duchess of Cambridge, said London 2012 had been an "extraordinary" event which had touched people's hearts and captured their imaginations. US president Barack Obama echoed that view, calling David Cameron to "congratulate him and the people of the United Kingdom and London on an extremely successful Olympic Games", the White House said.
After the ceremony, Mr Johnson addressed Team GB athletes and told them he did not want to hand the Olympic flag back.
"I want you to know it was very, very hard just now to hand over that Olympic flag to Jacques Rogge," the mayor of London said. He asked the athletes whether they thought he should have tried to keep it and then joked: "Did you see I yanked it back and he kind of flinched."
He told the British sportsmen and women they were part of the "greatest team of athletes this country had ever assembled", adding: "Team GB of 2012, you have achieved fantastically."
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