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London gives Olympic Games a grand farewell


AGENCIES | Issue Dated: January 1, 1970, London
Tags : London Olymoics 2012 | closing ceremony | Spice Girls |


With 30th Olympics concluding here in London, some of Britain's greatest singers and celebrities provided a touch of glamour and vibrance as London bid a grand farewell to bring down the curtains on the world's bigest sporting event with a heady mix of music, culture and dazzling fireworks.
The skyline lit up with breath-taking fireworks and the swanky Olympic stadium was virtually transformed into a jukebox as some of Britain's biggest pop stars and singers performed in an engrossing 'after show party' on Sunday night.
At the end of a three-hour ceremony, the Olympic flame was ceremoniously extinguished, marking the end of the 17-day
sporting extravaganza, which saw many Olympic and world record being re-written and many new heroes emerging.
More than 10,500 athletes from 204 countries took part in the Games staged in this historic city for an unprecedented
third time.
US and China predictably emerged as the powerhouses by taking the first and second spots in the medals tally, while
hosts Britain produced their best-ever show to take the third position. India too had their moments of glory at the Olympic Games as it notched up its best ever medal tally of six.
Similar to the opening ceremony, Britain again showcased its rich music repertoire combined with some stunning visual
and lighting effects at the closing ceremony watched by an estimated two billion global audience.
Billed as the biggest 'after show party', the Spice Girls appeared atop London's black taxis singing some of their chart-bursting numbers and there were others such as The Who, George Michael, Muse and Ed Sheeran who enthralled the
capacity crowd of 80,000 who thronged the stadium.
The closing ceremony celebrated the achievements of athletes at the Games and also saw London handing over the baton to Rio de Janeiro, which will be hosting the 2016 Games.
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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017