Monday, August 13, 2012

..And all good things come to an end as Africa shines at London 2012 Closing Ceremony

Thus ends two weeks of victory and defeat; tears and laughter; pleasure and pain. The London 2012 Olympics came to end yesterday night with a total music mania fiesta, and fashion, featuring the best of British contemporary music, and a performance from popular British all-girl group, Spice Girls. After a very long time, it was really great to see them together again. Super models, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss strut their stuff on the Isles of the Union Jack.

The Olympic Stadium witnessed a total transformation from a track and field venue to a sphere of pure entertainment, as athletes entertained and were entertained. There was happiness and joy in the air, with or without medals. For those who didn't win medals, the single chance to have been able to participate in the Olympics was an achievement in itself. Some improved on their personal bests, some their seasonal bests, but one thing was certain - everyone was glad to be going home.

Africa had her moment of pride, as the Ugandan national anthem was played at the closing ceremony. Three Africans,  gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda, silver medalist Abel Kirui of Kenya, and bronze medalist Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich of Kenya stood tall and proud on the podium to receive their medals. As is the Olympic tradition, the Victory ceremony of the Men's Marathon, takes place at the closing ceremony.

Some of Africa's proud moments

Africa had an historic day as  Alaaeldin Abouuelkasseem of Egypt won the silver medal in the Men's Individual Foil and Africa's first medal ever in the Fencing Tournament.

For countries like Gabon, the 2012 Olympic Games would always serve as a landmark achievement as they won their first ever Olympic medal. Anthony Obame won the silver medal in the Men's +80kg category of the Taekwondo Tournament.

The total medal count for Africa was 34 with10 gold, 12 silver and 12 bronze. Kenya has the highest number of medals with 11, followed by Ethiopia 7, and South Africa 6. Tunisia had three medals,  Egypt had 2, while Morocco, Uganda, Algeria, and Botswana had one each.

So it's on to Rio for 2016.

Let the preparations begin!!!

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