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Take a bow London! How capital took Olympics to its heart and stunning landmarks made the perfect backdrop for gold

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by http://www.dailymail.co.uk

 

The world bids farewell to London tonight after a frantic fortnight of Olympic competition. More than 10,000 athletes have competed for 302 gold medals in 26 sports, across 16 days.

The eyes of the world have been firmly fixed on London, from the hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the globe who arrived to share the Olympic experience, to the billion plus people who have tuned in to watch events unfold on TV.

And they’ve seen a united London, a city that rose to the occasion and has basked in the spotlight.

Great British finale: The Olympic Stadium in east London looked spectacular tonight as spectators began to arrive for the Closing Ceremony

Great British finale: The Olympic Stadium in east London looked spectacular tonight as spectators began to arrive for the Closing Ceremony

 

Runners pass the Houses of Parliament during the men's marathon on the final day of the 2012 Olympics

Landmarks: Runners pass the Houses of Parliament during the men’s marathon on the final day of the 2012 Olympics

 


Skyline: Marathon runners loop around the front of Buckingham Palace this morning, with London’s spectacular skyline in the background

 


Winner: Uganda’s Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich approaches the finals stretch of the Marathon, stared down by the imposing figure of Buckingham Palace

 

Great Britain’s athletes achieved their greatest medal haul in over hundred years. But London 2012 is about much more than just sport.

It’s about the 70,000 volunteers who slipped into their purple outfits, every day without fail, to help the Games run smoothly. It’s about the 1,000 plus troops who were drafted in at the last minute to help bolster security in the wake of the G4S fiasco – but did their duty without complaint.

And it’s about the Britons who filled stadiums and venues, and lined the streets for every race, whatever the weather, wrapped in union flags and shouted themselves hoarse – roaring on athletes from every nation.

Britain and London took the Olympics to its heart and has worn the rings with pride.


Dawn: Sunrise over the River Thames on the final day of the London 2012 Olympics

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