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Paralympic Games, London 2012

London has finally said Goodbye to 2012 Paralympics Games, which started on August 29, with a mesmerizing closing ceremony, also known as 'Festival of the Flame', on Spetember 9 at 7.30PM at the Olympic Park - Olympic Stadium. After 11 days, around 4200 athletes, who participated in this Paralympics Games from different nations, came together to enjoy the closing ceremony. Flag Bearers of various countries came along with their respective athletes for the Parade.

Coldplay, a British band which consists of the members named Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion, took the center of stage and presented a LIVE concert by performing on the 15 songs and made a memorable evening for the athletes and spectators. Coldplay, had been coordinating with Kim Gavin, Artistic Director and Misty Buckley, the designer of Paralympics Games Closing Ceremony, in order to provide pleasure to all who had come in the Closing Ceremony and the band succeeded as all the people out there enjoyed a lot.

At the end of the Closing Ceremony, the handover to Rio 2016 was given, that in turn, denotes that the countdown has begun to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Also the Paralympic Flame was blown out which signifies that the London 2012 Paralympics Games has come to an end.


London 2012 Paralympics Medal Tally

Rank by GoldCountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1People's Republic of China957165231
2Russian Federation363828102
3Great Britain344343120
6United States of America31293898
11Islamic Republic of Iran107724
12Republic of Korea99927
18South Africa812929
21New Zealand67417
34Hong Kong, China33612
42Czech Republic16411
46United Arab Emirates1113
52Bosnia and Herzegovina1001
52Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia1001
63Taipei (Chinese Taipei)0123
67Saudi Arabia0101
74Sri Lanka0011

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Schedule of London 2012 Paralympics

Events Venue29th30th 31st 1st 2nd3rd4th 5th6th7th8th9th
Opening CeremonyOlympic Park - Olympic Stadiumþ           
ArcheryThe Royal Artillery Barracks  þþþþþþþ    
AthleticsOlympic Park - Olympic Stadium   þþþþþþþþþþ
BocciaExCeL    þþþþþþþ 
Cycling (Road)Road To be confirmed        þþþþ 
Cycling (Track)Track Olympic Park - Velodrome þþþþ       
EquestrianGreenwich Park  þþþþþþ     
Football 5-a-sideOlympic Park - Hockey Centre   þ þ þ þþ 
Football 7-a-sideOlympic Park - Hockey Centre    þ þ þ þ þ
GoalballCopper Box,Olympic Park þþþþþþþþþ  
JudoExCeL þþþ        
PowerliftingExCeL þþþþþþþ    
RowingEton Dorney, Buckinghamshire   þþþ       
SailingWeymouth and Portland, Dorset    þþþþþþ   
ShootingThe Royal Artillery Barracks  þþþþþþþþ   
SwimmingOlympic Park - Aquatics Centre  þþþþþþþþþþ 
Table TennisExCeL þþþþþ þþþþ 
Volleyball(Sitting)ExCeL þþþþþþþþþþ 
Wheelchair BasketballNorth Greenwich Arena  þþþþþþþþþþ 
Olympic Park - Basketball Arena þþþþþ       
Wheelchair Fencing ExCeL      þþþþþ 
Wheelchair Rugby Olympic Park - Basketball Arena        þþþþþ
Wheelchair TennisEton Manor    þþþþþþþþ 
Closing CeremonyOlympic Park - Olympic Stadium            þ

Summer Paralympics - 2012 London
The fifteenth Paralympics are scheduled from 29th August to 9th September in London after the Summer Olympics which are commencing on 27th July and culminating on 12th August. London will be hosting the Paralympics for the first time even though it has hosted
Olympics before as the first time the event was held in Rome 1960 after the last time London had hosted Summer Olympics (1948) .London Olympic Stadium is the main venue for the 2012 summer Paralympics where the opening and ceremony would take place.

2012 Summer Paralympics Logo : The logo for 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics are based on the same basic design with minor changes which is happening for the first time

2012 Summer Paralympics Mascot : The mascots Wenlock and Mandeville for 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics were revieled on the same day 19th May 2010

Paralympics is one of the most popular tournaments of the world, involving people with physical disabilities. This tournament is organized by the IOC or the International Olympic Committee and has a large number of physically challenged people participating in it. The history of the Paralympics goes back to the years after the end of the Second World War. In the year 1948, a sports competition involving World War II soldiers with spinal cord injuries, was organized in Stoke Mandeville in England by Sir Ludwig Guttmann.

The competition organized by Sir Guttmann gradually developed and culminated into the Paralympics Games of the present days. A large number of athletes and players from different countries of the world participate in these games. The number of participant countries is on a rise and from 23 in 1960, it had touched as many as 136 in the year 2004. Some of the major sports, which have been included in the Paralympic Games, are as follows:

  • Ice Sledge Hockey
  • Biathlon
  • Swimming
  • Power lifting
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Athletics
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Shooting
  • The Paralympics presents a chance to the physically challenged people to showcase their sporting talents. It has come a long way since its early days and dwells on the zenith of popularity across the world.

    Last updated On : September 10, 2012

    Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

    Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

    In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

    Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.


    Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

    French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.

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