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August 24, 2012

London Olympics 2012 - Overview for Competitive Exams


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The Summer Olympics 2012  held from 27th July 2012 to 12th August 2012 in London  United Kingdom.

Motto :

The Motto of Olympics 2012 is “Inspire a Generation”.

Mascots :

The Mascots of London 2012 Olympic Games are Wenlock and Mandiville - creatures supposedly fashioned from droplets of steel used to build the stadium. With a metallic finish, a single large eye made out of a camera lens, a London taxi light on their heads and the Olympic rings represented as friendship bracelets on their wrists, they resemble characters dreamed up for a Pixar animation.

Athlets :

There are 10820 athlets from 204 Nations participated for London Olympics.

The Opening Ceremony :

The London 2012 Olympics Officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II at 9pm on 27th July (Friday). The Ceremony welcomed the finest athletes from more than 200 nations for the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games, marking an historic third time the capital has hosted the world’s biggest and most important sporting event. Actor Daniel Craig, who has played the fictional spy 007 James Bond in films, was shown in a video accompanying the Queen from Buckingham Palace into a waiting helicopter and then taking her to the Stadium. 
There was also a touch of British humour in the form of Rowan Atkinson who regaled the audience with his famous "Mr Bean" comic act.  The entire event directed by the Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle. This event was called as “Isles of Wonder”. Its also called as the “Most Embarrasing Opening ceremony”  by the Forbes. Flag bearer for India in the Opening Ceremony is Sushil Kumar. 

First First First :
  • The first Gold Medal of London 2012 Olympics was won by Yi Siling of China won the first gold medal of London 2012 in the women's 10m Air Rifle Category.
  • First world record in London 2012 Olympics was set by Dong-hyun The 26 year-old in the Individual Archery, who hails from Chungbuk was a Legally Blind. He broke  his own 72-arrow mark of 696 by three points and was also part of a record in the team shoot.
  • Gagan Narang won the first medal to India (bronze) in the men’s 10 metre air rifle event.

World Records in 2012 London Olympics :

There are 26 world records being broken in various events in 2012 London Olympics. Check the Complete Eventwise List Here >>

Controversies :

Mystery woman clouds India's march at Olympics

The presence of an unidentified lady beside flag-bearer Sushil Kumar in the Indian contingent during the opening ceremony of the Olympics has prompted the country's miffed officials to take up the issue with the Games organisers. Latter officials declared that she is Madhura Nagendra, who hailed from Bangalore, was pursuing her post-graduate studies in the UK. She had enrolled as a volunteer for the Games. But no idea  how she managed to obtain the pass!!! She later  apologised for her "mistake" prompted by her excitement.

Shot put winner Ostapchuk lost Gold for doping

Belarus' Nadzeya Ostapchuk was stripped of the women's shot put gold medal at the London Games after she failed a drug test

India in the London Olympics 2012 :

There were total of  83 athletes participated from India for 13 Events. India has won 6 medals in London Olympics 2012 (2 silver and 4 bronze). Sushil Kumar was the flag bearer in the opening ceremony and Mary Kom was the flag bearer at the closing ceremony. Gagan Narang won the first medal to India (bronze) in the men’s 10 metre air rifle event. Here is the List of the Winners from India.

Gagan Narang (The First Medal Winner - Bronze - Air Rifle Event) :

Gagan Narang wins India's first medal (bronze) in 10m air rifle event in London Olympics. Gagan’s score in the final round — 10.7, 9.7, 10.6, 10.7, 10.4, 10.6, 9.9, 9.5, 10.3, 10.7 (no need to remember all these numbers, we are giving them for the information's sake). Narang, a two-time world record setter, had won four gold medals in the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and followed that up with two silver in the Guangzhou Asian Games a month later.(Read complete story Here)

Vijay Kumar (The Second Medal Winner - Silver - Pistol Event)

Vijay Kumar won 2nd Medal (Silver) in Pistol event. The Arjuna awardee of the year 2007, Vijay Kumar won  Second Olympic medal (Silver) Medal for India in Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Event on August 3 2012 (Friday). He was a Multiple Commonwealth Games Gold medallist and earned Olympic quota place when he clinched the silver medal at the shooting World Cup in Fort Benning, US in May, 2011. It was his second silver at the shooting World Cups after clinching it before at Beijing in 2009. He came to limelight after he won an impressive three gold medals and a silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. Read complete story Here.

Saina Nehwal (The Third Medal Winner - Bronze - Badminton)

Saina Nehwal won the 3rd Medal (Bronze) in Badminton. The Hyderabad badminton player Saina Nehwal won Bronze medal in Women's Singles Badminton event on today ie 4th August 2012 (Saturday). She won bronze medal after world No. 2 China's Wang Xin retires due to injury in the play off at London Olympics on Saturday.She is the  first Indian shuttler to play in an Olympic semi-final. (Read complete story Here.)

Mary Kom (The Fourth Medal Winner - Bronze - Boxing)

Mary Kom won the 4rd Medal (Bronze) in Boxing. The Manipuri based Indian boxer, took bronze at the London Olympics 2012 on Wednesday (Date : August 8th 2012) after bowing out in semi-finals.  She  went down to Great Britain's Nicola Adams (second seed) in the women's 51kg semi-finals and will receive a bronze medal.  She is a five-time world champion and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships. She is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the 51 kg category, where she is currently ranked world no. 4 by AIBA.(Read complete story Here.)

Yougeshwar Dutt (The Fifth Medal Winner - Bronze - Wrestling)

Yougeshwar Dutt  won the 5th Medal (Bronze) in Wrestling. He is from Sonepat in Haryana. The 29-year-old experienced grappler showed tremendous fighting spirit and exhibited excellent technique against three very strong rivals in the repechage rounds to clinch India's Fifth Medal of the Games. 
Important Note : This is (bronze) India's third wrestling medal in the Olympic history after Khashaba Jadhav's bronze in 1952 at Helsinki and Sushil Kumar's similar feat four years ago in Beijing.
This is India's 5th Medal in Olympics-12  (Read complete story Here.)

Sushil Kumar (The Sixth Medal Winner - Silver - Wrestling)

Sushil Kumar won the 6th Medal (Silver) in Wrestling. He has won Silver Medal in the Men's Wrestling - 66 kg Freestyle event of London Olympics on Sunday (Date : August 12 2012).  He lost the Olympic gold to Japan's Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu. So, Kumar will come home with a silver Medal. (Read complete story Here.)

London Olympics 2012 Medals Tally :

Usa Topped with 104 toal medals and India got 55th position with 6 Medals. Read the Complete info Here >>

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