U.S. tops 2012 Olympic Games’ medals table

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The U.S. on Sunday emerged winners of the XXXth Olympic Games in London after topping the overall medals table with 46 gold, 29 silver and 29 bronze medals.

The U.S. whose total medals tally of 104 was the most, thus dethroned China who were winners as hosts in 2008 and had dominated the 2012 Games in London for most days.

China finished second with 38 gold, 27 silver and 22 bronze medals for a total of 87, while hosts Great Britain were in third place.

The three-time hosts ended up with 29 gold, 17 silver and 19 bronze for a total of 65 medals.

Russia, who had 82 medals, 17 more than the hosts, were in fourth place as they had 24 gold, 25 silver and 33 bronze medals.

South Korea were a distant fifth with 13 gold, eight silver and seven bronze medals for a total 28.

Germany, in spite of a total 44 medals, were in sixth with 11 gold, 19 silver and 14 bronze.

France were seventh after hauling 34 medals, with 11 gold, 11 silver and 12 bronze.

South Africa led the African onslaught in 24th place with three gold, two silver and one bronze for a total six medals.

Ethiopia followed in 25th place with eight medals though, made up of three gold, one silver and three bronze.

Kenya were in 28th place with two gold, four silver and five bronze medals in a total 11, while Tunisia were 45th with one gold, one silver and one bronze.

Algeria and Uganda were joint 50th with one gold medal each, while Egypt were 58th with two silver medals, and Botswana and Gabon were joint 69th with one silver each.

Morocco were 79th with one bronze medal, while Nigeria and 42 other African countries were placed joint 86th with many other countries which failed to win any medal at the Games.

The 86th-placed contingents, including Nigeria and the 42 African countries, were made up of 119 countries and the Independent Olympic Athletes.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 205 contingents took part in the Games which started unofficially on July 25 with the official opening ceremony on July 27.

The contingents were made up of 204 countries and the athletes who competed under the umbrella of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the Independent Olympic Athletes.

NANreports that Lithuania’s Laura Asadauskaite had claimed the final gold medal of the Games with victory in the women’s modern pentathlon competition.

Samantha Murray of Great Britain finished second to pick up the silver medal, while Brazil’s Yane Marques held on to claim the bronze medal.

Murray had helped maintain Great Britain’s record of having won a medal in the event at every Games since the women’s event was introduced to the programme at Sydney 2000.

Earlier in the day, the U.S. had overcome some fierce resistance from Spain to land their fifth basketball gold in six Olympic Games since the Dream Team era.

Russia snatched bronze from Argentina after winning 81-77 in the dramatic final seconds of the third-place play-off.

Also, Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich beat the Kenyan challenge to clinch a surprise gold medal in the men’s marathon.

He had breezed past Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang around the 38 km mark to leave his two rivals trailing and claim only Uganda’s second-ever Olympic gold in athletics.

Kirui took the silver, 26 seconds adrift, while long-time race leader Kipsang finished with the bronze.

Russia became the first team in the history of men’s Olympic volleyball to win the final from two sets down as they stunned Brazil.

The Europeans had looked a shadow of the side that had demolished Bulgaria in the semi-finals and Brazil picked points at will to lead 2-0 and 22-19.

But Russia then embarked on one of the most staggering comebacks the sport has seen to win 19-25, 20-25, 29-27, 25-22, 15-9 to wrap up a fourth Olympic title.

France also created history in men’s handball after becoming the first country to retain the Olympic title following a nervy 22-21 victory against Sweden.

France, gold winners at Beijing 2008 and reigning world champions, survived a late Scandinavian comeback to seal their win.

Croatia also secured their first men’s water polo Olympic gold medal with an 8-6 victory over Italy.

Ukraine’s Vasyl Lomachenko won his second boxing title after outclassing Republic of Korea’s Soonchul Han in the men’s lightweight final, with a 19-9 victory.

Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana was earlier crowned the flyweight champion after beating Tugstsogt Nyambayar of Mongolia.

Kazakhstan’sSerik Sapiyev claimed the welterweight crown with a 17-9 win over home favourite Fred Evans.

A  spectacular Closing Ceremony followed later to wind down London 2012.

The next edition of the Games is scheduled for Rio de Janeiro in Brazil in 2016.


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