Highlights and Results of Day 16 The London Olympics 2012
All good things come to an end they say and the London Olympics 2012 was nothing but a good thing. Sadly the final day came yesterday, but the 30th Games went out with a bang and lots of medals being decided.
The day started with the traditional final Olympic Athletics event, the Men’s Marathon. But in a break with tradition it did not start and end in the stadium, but took in the famous sites of the City of London and finished in the Queen’s driveway, The Mall and the whole route was lined with thousands of supporters cheering on the athletes.
As expected the marathon was dominated by the Africans. The Kenyans led through Wilson Kiprotich from about the halfway mark. Countryman Abel Kirui and Stephen Kiprotich of Ugandacaught him and made it a three way fight for the medals. Despite appearing to have a leg injury Stephen Kiprotich surged to the front and claimed Uganda’s first medal of the games 26 seconds ahead of Kirui.
The Men’s Basketball finished with the most expected result of the games, the USA winning the Gold with their team of NBA superstars, including Kobe Bryant, Lebron James and Kevin Durant. But Silver medallists Spain did not let them have it all their own way. Spain went behind by ten points in the first quarter but caught up and were only a point behind at half time. The third quarter remained very close, but a few minutes into the final period the USA started to pull away and put some daylight between them, finishing with a 107-100 score line. Earlier in the day Russia had won the Bronze medal play off 81-77
In Boxing five medals were decided, with four of them going to the old communist bloc countries, well if you count Cuba as one of those. Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan all won Gold. Great Britain’s Fred Evansclaimed Silver in the Welterweight 69Kg division and countryman Anthony Joshua won Gold in the Super Heavyweight +91Kg division beating Italian Roberto Cammrelle.
Samantha Murray won Great Britain’s 65th medal of the games finishing second behind Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania in the Women’s Modern Pentathlon. The men’s event had been won by David Svoboda of the Czech Republic the day before.
Russia beat Brazil to win the Men’s Volleyball Gold. Italy had claimed the Bronze beating Bulgaria earlier in the day.
Italy went one better in the Men’s Water Polo claiming Silver after losing the final 8-6 to Gold medalists Croatia, their first medal as an independent state. The Bronze was won by Serbia beating Montenegro 12-11 just short of a clean medal sweep for the old Yugoslavian states.
We have written 15 articles and have not even covered all of the events in this fantastic games. The Olympics is always special, but I believe the London Olympics is even more special, the best since Sydney of 2000. Of course I have my own bias having grown up in London and lived in Australiafor many years. But I believe that many athletes and commentators who have been to more than one games will tell you that this one was exceptional.
The opening and closing ceremonies were the best, including the Great British history and huge depth of music and the arts.
In the mean time we will start counting down the days until Rio de Janeiro 2016. Don’t you just love the Olympics?