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article imageFireworks mark the end of London 2012 Olympics (video)

By Anne Sewell     Aug 13, 2012 in Sports
London - The London 2012 Olympics closed on Sunday with an impressive firework display which beautifully lit up the sky above the city. Music filled the stadium and the Olympic flag was handed on to Rio de Janeiro.
The London 2012 Olympics are now officially over, and closed with a spectacular event, starring British musicians The Spice Girls, Muse, George Michael, Brazilian football legend Pele and a cast of more than 4,000 others.
The Olympic flame has now been extinguished and the Olympic flag was officially handed over to the next Olympic host, Rio de Janeiro.
International Olympic President Jacques Rogge said as he declared the Games closed: "These were happy and glorious Games. The legacy of the Games of the 30th Olympiad will become clear in many ways.”
Addressing the athletes Rogge said, "Through your commitment to fair play, your respect for opponents, and your grace in defeat as well as in victory, you have earned the right to be called Olympians."
"We will never forget the smiles, the kindness and the support of the wonderful volunteers, the much-needed heroes of these Games.
"You, the spectators and the public, provided the soundtrack for these Games.
"Your enthusiastic cheers energised its competitors and brought a festive spirit to every Olympic venue," he added.
London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony.
London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony.
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The Olympic flag was handed to the IOC President by London Mayor Boris Johnson. It was then presented to Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro.
Brazil will be hosting the next summer Games in 2016. There was an eight-minute segment of the ceremony, dedicated to Rio, which brought in a carnival atmosphere, celebrating Rio's mix of cultures, dance and music.
After the handover of the Olympic flag, a traditional march of athletes was held with around 10,800 Olympians entering the stadium as one, rather than with their nations, symbolizing the harmony and friendship inspired by the Olympic Games.
Around 80,000 spectators watched the three-hour ceremony, featuring The Spice Girls, Muse, George Michael, Brazilian football legend Pele.
John Lennon kicked off the Symphony of British Music, giving way to George Michael, then Kaiser Chief's cover of "Pinball Wizard" and Bowie's "Fashion" with a parade of supermodels. Annie Lennox featured as a Vampire Viking.
Liam Gallagher performed "Wonderwall," a 1990s hit by his former band, Oasis. Muse played the hard-edged Olympic anthem "Survival." Queen guitarist Brian May was joined by singer Jessie J for a crowd-pleasing "We Will Rock You."
The ceremony ended with the extinguishing of the Olympic flame and the 204 petals of the Olympic cauldron descending to ground level.
Video: MUSE - Survival (London Olympics 2012 official song)
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