This page for the 2012 London Olympic Games will be updated as soon as information is available. London is hosting the Olympics for the 3rd time – the only city to have this honour.
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Approximately 10,820 competitors from 204 nations participated in 26 sports and 302 events over 17 days (19 days including football) of competition. USA continued its dominance with a gold medal tally of 46, China 2nd again with 38, the host nation Great Britain 3rd with 29 and Russia 4th with 24. 85 countries won medals at these games. Australia and Japan had a frustrating games with silver and bronze medals in abundance whilst gold was scarce.
Michael Phelps, a swimmer from the USA, became the most successful Olympian winning his 22nd Olympic medal at these games – 18 of them gold (twice as many as the next most successful gold medal Olympian), 2 silver and 2 bronze – surpassing former Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, who won 18 medals, nine of them gold, at Melbourne in 1956, Rome in 1960 and Tokyo in 1964. But Phelps, at 27, after leading all the way, was “touched out” by a few hundredths of a second and missed his 3rd consecutive 200 butterfly that he had won in Athens and Beijing – no man has ever won an individual event at three successive Games. Just two women have done it: Australia’s Dawn Fraser and Hungary’s Krisztina Egerszegi.
Usain Bolt was also a standout in these games, becoming the first person to win back to back 100m and 200m sprints. In the 200m event, Jamaica came 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Given the sprinting dominance of Jamaica, Bolt also won a third gold medal in the 4x100m relay – with Jamaica winning in a world record time.
They took the three top seedings, with the world No2 Im again leading the way, breaking the world record for the third occasion since the London 2012 test event. Despite rain affecting the second half of the ranking shoot, Im still finished with a superb 699. Kim was just one point behind with 698 and Oh closed with 690.
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