BlOG: Spectacular closing ceremony brings down the curtain on London Olympics
The London Olympics 2012 has been the most memorable sporting extravaganza for India, for never before has six athletes gone back home with a medal in their bag.After Sushil Kumar (silver), Yogeshwar Dutt (bronze), Vijay Kumar (silver), Gagan Narang (bronze), MC Mary Kom (bronze) and Saina Nehwal (bronze) put up an exhilarating display in their respective sport, It was the closing ceremony that left us mesmerized.SEE PICS OF CLOSING CEREMONY OF LONDON OLYMPICS 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony11:30 pm | The Olympic flag being brought down and taken away by men in uniform and with that it is the end of the London Olympics. Next Olympics will be held in Rio, Brazil. There Brazil’s national flag is being hoisted to mark Games next destination.11:20 pm | It’s “we will, we will rock you” being play at the Olympic Stadium. No doubt about that as the performers certainly left us rocked. Not to speak of the athletes who gave their hearts out during the London Olympics.11:00 pm | Oh the bhangra moment as Indian performers do the bhangra dance10:45 pm | There we just saw the Spice Girls performing. This is the first time they have come together after their split. It seems almost like ages.10:30 pm | Time for some Ramp walk at the Games Closing ceremony10:20 pm | More display of music and lights. There’s rock n roll, jazz. You name it is being played at the Olympic Stadium.10:10 pm | John Lenon song being played at the Olympic Stadium.10:05 pm | Medal ceremony of the men’s marathon event currently underway here. And now Uganda’s national anthem being played. Men’s marathon gold medalist Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich, center, is flanked by silver medalist Abel Kirui, of Kenya, left, and bronze medalist Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich, during the Olympics closing ceremony, where they were presented with the medals.advertisement10 pm | The athletes have assembled at the centre stage. More performance being conducted now. Dazzling display of lights.Lalit Modi tweets: If these Games don’t inspire a New generation of Sports Person – Nothing Else will. We should as India aim for 2024 to Top the Table.A performer waves a British flag from a representation of St. Stephens’ Tower during the Closing Ceremony. Photo: AP9:50 pm | And there Indian athletes come out waving the tri-colour. A moment of glory for the medal winners. Just spotted MC Mary Kom – the ‘Super Mom’ who won bronze in women’s boxing. This was the first occasion when women’s boxing was introduced at the Olympics. 9:40 pm | As many as 10,500 athletes took part in the London Olympics. Meanwhile the athletes are busy waving to the spectators at the Olympics Stadium.9:35 pm | Now for the all important moment – athletes walking in waving their respective flags. They look relaxed now. The next Olympics will be held in Rio and Rio Games flag being carried there.9:30 pm | Fine display of acrobatics followed by some fine singing even as performers sing and wave to the lead singer Ray Davies who is singing the “Waterloo Sunset” in the centre of the stage. Once agane Emily Sande takes the centre stage.9:20 pm | The bed shop boys are up next. They are doing one of their famous numbers. Impressive use of precussions and sticks as well. One Direction and Stomp and Madness (all bands) too out there.9:15 pm | Saxophone symphony in the middle of the stadium. The London Guards and arch-lights give it a dazzling effect.Michael Caine spotted 9:10 pm | Timothy Spall plays Winston Churchill in that one even as Emily Sande sings – they are drawing leaves out of the history book once again. Like they did during the Opening ceremony. Miniature versions of the London Eye, the Big Ben and the London Bridge. Performers waving the Union Jack even as they sing.9:00 pm | Off the book – This was the third time (1908, 1948 and 2012) London hosted the Olympics . No other city can boast of that. Usually the opening ceremonies are supposed to be formal events. It’s the closing ceremonies which are the fun part. And why not after sweating it out at the events the athletes generally want to chill out.8:50 pm | We are just 10 minutes away from the closing ceremony to kick-start amidst a packed Olympic Stadium. The opening ceremony left everyone mesmerized, the closing ceremony too promises to be as exciting.