Games cross finish line with party
Aug 13 2012
For the last 16 days the sport has been hard fought and serious, but on Sunday night it was party time in the Olympic Stadium.
As the world bade farewell to London 2012, the host city put on the concert of a lifetime, a stunning musical extravaganza featuring stars such as Annie Lennox, the Spice Girls, Madness, Queen and Take That.
The party marked the end of British sport's most successful Olympic Games in more than a century which saw a final medal tally of 64 - 29 golds, 16 silvers and 19 bronze. And Team GB was winning medals right up to the last minute.
After the Games showed off the best of British sport, the closing ceremony, attended by Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge, was designed to show off the best of Britain's past and present music scene, culminating with a glimpse of the carnival that awaits in Rio in 2016.
Stars who appeared included the Pet Shop Boys, George Michael, Tinie Tempah and Jessie J, Kate Moss and Russell Brand and The Who.
The Olympic Flag was lowered and then passed by London Mayor Boris Johnson to Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, who in turn presented it to Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes.
After speeches by Olympics supremo Lord Coe and Mr Rogge, the flame that reached all corners of the UK over 70 days was extinguished - and the Games were over.
In a guide to the closing ceremony, Harry 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.
Britain's most successful Olympics since the London Games of 1908 culminated with a silver medal in the final event. Samantha Murray's second place in the modern pentathlon was one of three medals for Team GB on the final day as super-heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua won Britain's final gold and boxer Fred Evans took a silver.
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