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Celebrating London 2012 Olympic Stars! Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Mo Farah, Serena Williams & more Set New Records | Team USA tops the Medals Table

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Many will remember the London 2012 Olympics for the record-breaking exploits of some athletes who brought glory to themselves and their countries.

Every athlete who competed at the world games worked hard, trained hard and tested themselves in healthy competition with athletes from across the world. However, some exceptional ones stood out at the games, setting new Olympic records and we celebrate their victory.

Usain Bolt

Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt is widely regarded as the fastest person ever.

Born on 21st August 1986, he was arguably the star of the London 2012 Olympics. The Jamaican athlete set a new Olympic record in the 100m race with 9.63 seconds clinching the gold medal.

On Day 13, racing in the final of the men’s 200m, he officially stepped into a class of athletes that no sprinter had ever reached.

While his win in 19.32 seconds broke no time records, Bolt became the first man to ever win back-to-back 200m Olympic titles.

He also became the first to accomplish the double repeat, winning both the 100m and 200m in consecutive Olympic Games, matching his feat from Beijing 2008.

And in the 4×100 relay, he led his team home with a new Olympic record time of 36.84 seconds.

Mo Farah

Britain’s athlete, Mo Farah was another star athlete at the Olympics this year. He won gold medals in the 10,000m and 5,000m race.

The slender man who was born in Mogadishu, Somalia on 23rd March, 1983 came to Britain at the age of 8, speaking very little English. Despite a disappointing Olympic debut in Beijing, he has now become a global force.

 

 

 

Serena Williams

Having previously won gold in doubles in Sydney in 2000 and Beijing in 2008, Williams created history as the 30 year-old became the first person to win the golden slam – each grand slam title and the Olympic gold – in both singles and doubles.

American tennis star Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova to win a gold medal for Team USA.

She now has completed a career Golden Slam in singles, and only the second woman to do so, after Steffi Graf achieved it during the 1988 Olympics. As noted at the official website of the London Olympics that day, Serena Williams, who lost only 17 games in the entire tournament, beat Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon‘s Centre Court and dominated both rounds of their match.

Michael Phelps

Following the 2012 London Olympics, Michael Phelps has won both the most number of gold medals and the most total medals in Olympics history.

The American swimmer took his life-time medal haul to 22 including 18 golds, making him the most decorated Olympian in history.

His individual haul of medals over the past 3 Olympics has surpassed the totals of most countries in all of the combined Olympic games of the past century so his achievement is truly astonishing.  Although Michael is still fairly young and could easily add to his medal count in the Summer Games in Rio de Jinero, Brazil in  2016, he has announced his retirement from competition in 2012.

 

Team USA topped the medals table with 104 medals followed closely by China with 87 medals. Kenya had the highest number of medals in Africa with 11 medals followed closely by Ethiopia with 7 medals and South Africa with 6 medals.

Below is the final medals table for all the countries that won medals at the Olympics.

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze
1 United States of America 46 29 29 104
2 People’s Republic of China 38 27 22 87
3 Great Britain 29 17 19 65
4 Russian Federation 24 25 33 82
5 Republic of Korea 13 8 7 28
6 Germany 11 19 14 44
7 France 11 11 12 34
8 Italy 8 9 11 28
9 Hungary 8 4 5 17
10 Australia 7 16 12 35
11 Japan 7 14 17 38
12 Kazakhstan 7 1 5 13
13 Netherlands 6 6 8 20
14 Ukraine 6 5 9 20
15 Cuba 5 3 6 14
16 New Zealand 5 3 5 13
17 Islamic Republic of Iran 4 5 3 12
18 Jamaica 4 4 4 12
19 Czech Republic 4 3 3 10
20 Democratic People’s Republic  of Korea 4 0 2 6
21 Spain 3 10 4 17
22 Brazil 3 5 9 17
23 Belarus 3 5 5 13
24 South Africa 3 2 1 6
25 Ethiopia 3 1 3 7
26 Croatia 3 1 2 6
27 Romania 2 5 2 9
28 Kenya 2 4 5 11
29 Denmark 2 4 3 9
30 Poland 2 2 6 10
30 Azerbaijan 2 2 6 10
32 Turkey 2 2 1 5
33 Switzerland 2 2 0 4
34 Lithuania 2 1 2 5
35 Norway 2 1 1 4
36 Canada 1 5 12 18
37 Sweden 1 4 3 8
38 Colombia 1 3 4 8
39 Mexico 1 3 3 7
39 Georgia 1 3 3 7
41 Ireland 1 1 3 5
42 Argentina 1 1 2 4
42 Slovenia 1 1 2 4
42 Serbia 1 1 2 4
45 Tunisia 1 1 1 3
46 Dominican Republic 1 1 0 2
47 Uzbekistan 1 0 3 4
47 Trinidad and Tobago 1 0 3 4
49 Latvia 1 0 1 2
50 Venezuela 1 0 0 1
50 Bahamas 1 0 0 1
50 Grenada 1 0 0 1
50 Uganda 1 0 0 1
50 Algeria 1 0 0 1
55 India 0 2 4 6
56 Mongolia 0 2 3 5
57 Thailand 0 2 1 3
58 Egypt 0 2 0 2
59 Slovakia 0 1 3 4
60 Finland 0 1 2 3
60 Belgium 0 1 2 3
60 Armenia 0 1 2 3
63 Indonesia 0 1 1 2
63 Puerto Rico 0 1 1 2
63 Estonia 0 1 1 2
63 Taipei (Chinese Taipei) 0 1 1 2
63 Malaysia 0 1 1 2
63 Bulgaria 0 1 1 2
69 Portugal 0 1 0 1
69 Gabon 0 1 0 1
69 Montenegro 0 1 0 1
69 Cyprus 0 1 0 1
69 Botswana 0 1 0 1
69 Guatemala 0 1 0 1
75 Singapore 0 0 2 2
75 Greece 0 0 2 2
75 Qatar 0 0 2 2
75 Republic of Moldova 0 0 2 2
79 Hong Kong, China 0 0 1 1
79 Bahrain 0 0 1 1
79 Afghanistan 0 0 1 1
79 Kuwait 0 0 1 1
79 Saudi Arabia 0 0 1 1
79 Morocco 0 0 1 1
79 Tajikistan 0 0 1 1

These are just a few of the London 2012 Olympic stars. Many more set new records at the Olympics this year and had exceptional performances.

Who were your favourite athletes at the Olympics this year? What is your most memorable Olympic moment?

Sources: Yahoo News | Getty Images |

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

21 Comments

  1. Myne Whitman

    August 13, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Nice article. I like the diving, gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics, but for their legendary performance, Bolt, Bolt, Bolt!

  2. Naveah

    August 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Chei Naija, not even ONE medal? Giant of Africa ko, Giant of Africa ni. Look at the headline of this article sef, na the Olympic stars of OTHER countries dey, how sad! Our yanga na for fashion, weavon, fast cars, fast women and throwing parties in every nook and cranny of Lagos and Abuja, claiming big/big girl status but on the world stage, we no fit compete. Nigeria, heal thy self o hm!

  3. Chattyzee

    August 13, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Every time I see Usain Bolt a smile comes to my face, such an inspiring young man. …
    http://dprodigalchild.wordpress.com/

  4. bbb

    August 13, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    usain bolt i love him,…omg hes so fast kai….

  5. Theodora

    August 13, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    okay cool article, but for me my best was Yohan Blake he was it for me….Serena Williams always a pleasure watching this lady , so painful my team nigeria didnt get anything i just hope this teachs them a lesson and hopefully will do better come RIO 2016….

  6. kunle Adebamiro

    August 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Lighten bolt is d champion of d olympic he really bolted them all! D closing and opening ceremony was WOW!!

    • Me

      August 13, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      Lighten? Hmmm soffry o!

  7. Theodora

    August 13, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Will surely miss the games…now congrats to all the athletes they made it interesting, for me it was yohan blake all the way love the dude,serena williams always a pleasure watching you lady, God knows where you get the strength from but mennn you rock…Painfully my team nigeria didnt get any medal and didnt make it to the medal table, i just hope they drew big lesson from this poor outing and hopefully do better come RIO 2016

  8. Pendo

    August 13, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    BN where is Kenya’s David Rudisha he broke his own world record and has six gold medals to his name from 2010 till now!!! Celebrate out African athletes too…

    • Pendo

      August 13, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      sorry that’s from 2006 till now

  9. Princess of Zion

    August 13, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Will definitely miss the buzz and atmosphere of the Olympics; great feel when the whole world is watching one thing! Bolt and Blake really shun for me; they work extremely well together; especially during the 4by100m.
    No medals for Nigeria but with a lot of handwork, I’m sure we’ll do better in Rio 2016.

    http://www.princessofzion.wordpress.com

  10. Yohan_gf

    August 13, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Yohan Blake all the way baby……. I find him so utterly sexy……Jessica Ennis, see the way she cried when her anthem was played……that Ugandan man who won the last marathon, pure delight, sheer determination and the way he kissed his country’s flag like ” i did this for my country”. kodak moment….and the way the USA hates Usain and Yohan and yet, there is nothing they can do about them. Its entertainingly annoying. lol. Those were my fav parts of the games. Oneday, we will be proud to lift the Nigerian flag and sing our anthem with no care in the world

  11. moi

    August 13, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Yohan Blake is my takeaway london 2012 crush…cheiii hot hot hot man!!!….Gabby Douglas i love also…

  12. jade

    August 13, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    love being a Jamaican, big up to my Olympic team!!!!

  13. ruby

    August 13, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    yohan blake..sexy and humble

  14. Le Dynamique Professeur

    August 13, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Awesome write up. Team Nigeria disappointed me but thank God Team New Zealand (the Ferns) did not…

    – LDP

  15. Dali

    August 13, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Even Romania Kenya Poland Azerbaijan Turkey Lithuania Colombia Georgia  Slovenia Serbia Tunisia Dominican Republic Uzbekistan Trinidad and Tobago
    Latvia Bahamas Grenada Uganda Algeria India Mongolia Thailand Egypt Slovakia Armenia Indonesia Estonia Taipei (Chinese Taipei) Gabon Montenegro Cyprus Botswana Guatemala Qatar Republic of Moldova  Hong Kong, China Bahrain Afghanistan Kuwait Saudi Arabia Morocco  & Tajikistan I’ve never heard of before now won?

    Giant of Africa ko!

  16. malysia

    August 13, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Don’t be too harsh on our African athletes, with investment comes good performance. Our continent does not do much to encourage any of our athletes to perform well, there is no finance, no platforms for competition at professional level. Sometimes there isn’t the infrastructure and the appropriate equipments. Our athletes really suffer and only God knows how many of them are very talented. Some of them win at some games and the money goes to another hand, is that suppose to encouraging them excel in their field?No wonders why so many of them easily get rid of their nationalities and win medals for countries that are willing to invest in them. We only have ourselves to blame, especially when you see where the majority of the winners originally comes from.

  17. why not own ur blog?

    August 13, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    While it is well known dat Usain Bolt is an icon,in the olympic performance,he has also been accuse to exude arrogance and lack discipline.it is well known that athletics normally exude confidence, and has dat arrogance swagger when they finish there race,but do we need to see all this antics before the game?Don’t get me wrong,if u finish the race ,u can celebrate,but carrying on beforehand is disrecpful to fellow competitors.

    • KimHyunJoong

      August 13, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      “he has also been accuse”, ” “it is well known that athletics”, “but carrying on before hand is disrecpful”. Seriously can’t you write in proper English with accurate grammar and tenses. No one is forcing you to like Usain Bolt.

  18. Ginika

    August 14, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Even Tajikistan had a medal, the republic of Moldova had a medal, Uzbekistan had a medal! Like WTH!!!…. and Nigeria didnt get one, not even ONE????

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