Rogge: Happy and glorious Games

  • Last Updated: August 13 2012, 1:24 BST

The London 2012 Olympics closed on Sunday night with IOC president Jacques Rogge proclaiming: "These were happy and glorious Games."

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At the closing ceremony in the Olympic Stadium, Rogge paid tribute to the London 2012 organisers and volunteers, and to the spectators, for their contribution.

He also said the Games would leave a lasting legacy in terms of infrastructure and by inspiring young people across the world to take up sport.

Rogge said: "These were happy and glorious Games. The legacy of the Games of the XXX Olympiad will become clear in many ways.

"Concrete improvements in infrastructure will benefit the host nation for years to come.

"The human legacy will reach every region of the world.

"Many young people will be inspired to take up a sport or to pursue their dreams."

  • The Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics brings the Games to an end
  • A capacity crowd fills the Olympic Stadium, as London prepares to say a fond farewell to the Olympic Games
  • Scotland's Emeli Sande kicks off proceedings with a stripped back version of her hit recorded wih Professor Green "Read All About It"
  • British Actor Timothy Spall appears from the top of Big Ben dressed as Winston Churchill and delivers Caliban's speech from Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'
  • He is followed by Urban Percussionists from the cast of "Stomp" who recreate the daily clamour of London life
  • Madness are next to take centre stage, as Sugs starts an 80,000 person knees up with "Our House"
  • A Bradley Wiggins inspired performance from the Pet Shop Boys, as the Dance Duo perform their hit, "Westend Girls"
  • Frontman of The Kinks Ray Davies performs his lovesong to London, "Waterloo Sunset"
  • Athletes from all 204 nations flood into the stadium simultaneously
  • Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich receives his Gold Medal after winning the Men's Marathon earlier in the day
  • George Michael gets the music back underway
  • Tinie Tempah joins Jessie J and Taio Cruz on stage to pay tribute to the Bee Gees
  • The Mods take over as The Kaiser Chief's perform The Who's classic "Pinball Wizard"
  • Fatboy Slim and his giant octopus take over the stage
  • The Spice Girls send the crowd into a frenzy with their set
  • Beady Eye perform Wonderwall, accompanied by seeemingly everyone in the stadium
  • Eric Idle steals the show as he sings "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"
  • A performance by Devon boys Muse is quickly followed by a collaboration between Queen and Jessie J
  • The Olympic Flag is passed to the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, signifying the passing of responsibility to the Brazilian City
  • The Olympic Flame is extinguished and the Games are officially over, while The Who send the crowd home singing
Pictures from the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, as the Games reach their grand finale.

Rogge said the 17 days of the Olympics had been "unforgettable" and he paid tribute to London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe.

"The organising committee, well supported by the public authorities, did a superb job," he said.

"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 the competitors and brought a festive spirit to every Olympic venue.

"You have shown the world the best of British hospitality."

  • A spectacular Opening Ceremony came to a fitting end, as seven young athletes were handed the responsibility of lighting the Olympic Cauldron
  • Archer Im Dong Hyeun of South Korea broke a World Record before the Olympic ceremony had even begun. He is legally blind in one eye
  • Michael Phelps did not quite match his haul in 2008, but the American won his 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th Gold Medals to become the greatest Olympian ever
  • Chinese prodigy Ye Shiwen blew away the competition in the pool, overcoming false accusations of foul play to smash the 400m Medley World Record
  • Tour de France hero Bradley Wiggins became the most decorated British Olympian of all time as he cruised to Gold in the Time Trial
  • After so many near misses veteran rower Katherine Grainger finally won her first Olympic Gold alongside partner Anna Watkins
  • Zhou Lulu of China shattered the Women's weightlifting World Record by lifting 333kg, more than four times her own bodyweight
  • Cycling great Chris Hoy took up the mantle of Britain's greatest ever Olympian, as he secured his sixth gold medal in the Keirin
  • Victoria Pendleton's loss to Australian rival Anna Mears in the Sprint final proved a poignant moment, as the great cyclist took her final bow
  • Laura Trott however proved that women's cycling in Britain is by no means on the decline, as the 20 year old took double gold in the Velodrome
  • Britain's men's gymnastics team made history, as they became the first Brits for 100 years to win a team gymnastics medal
  • The American Women's team blew away the field in the women's event, with McKayla Maroney and Gabrielle Douglas leading the way
  • Golden Girl Jessica Ennis' Heptathlon win was celebrated the nation over, as she set World Records and Personal Bests on her way to Gold
  • Mo Farah sent the crowd in the Olympic Stadium wild, as his Gold in an enthralling 10k Final capped the most successful day in British Olympic history
  • Usain Bolt silenced any doubters, proving he is the fsastest man ever with convincing wins in the 100 and 200 metres
  • Double amputee Oscar Pistorious of South Africa makes history as he competes in the 400m heats
  • The USA's women's 4x100m team broke one of the longest standing world records, as their time of 40.82 seconds shattered the 1980 record set by East Germany
  • One gold was not enough for Mo, as he became the first Brit to win both the 5000 and 10,000 metres; becoming a national hero
  • Bolt and Blake were on hand to guide the Jamaican men's 4x100m team to another Gold Medal and a World Record time
  • British Super Heavyweight Anthony Joshua announced himself as the new star of World Boxing with a Gold Medal winning performance
Pictures rounding up the greatest moments of a memorable Games; as London 2012 reaches its conclusion

Lord Coe spoke of his pride in pulling off an event that has won plaudits around the world.

Coe said: "On the first day of these Games I said we were determined to do it right. I said that these Games would see the best of us.

"On this last day I can finish with these words: "When our time came - Britain we did it right. Thank you."

The London 2012 chairman, himself a two-time Olympic 1,500m champion, recognised the athletes for their world-beating performances, but spoke of how Britain had backed the Games.

He added: "Today sees the closing of a wonderful Games in a wonderful city.

"We lit the flame and lit up the world."

The success can be traced back to the people who built the stadiums and the Olympic Park from where was speaking that was once a disused and deprived district through to the organisers and the sports stars.

He told the packed stadium: "And thank you to the people of this country. The British people got behind London's bid and they got behind London's Games. Our opening ceremony proclaimed that these would be a Games for everyone. At our closing ceremony, we can say that these were a Games by everyone.

"London 2012 has played host to some incredible sport. To awe inspiring feats, that are the result of incredible dedication and skill by the world's great sports men and women.

"To all the Olympians who came to London to compete - thank you. Those of us who came to watch witnessed moments of heroism and heartbreak that will live long in the memory.

"You have our admiration and our congratulations."

  • Helen Glover and Heather Stanning got the gold rush under way in the women's pair
  • Bradley Wiggins: King of the time trial
  • Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie: Memorable gold in the canoe slalom
  • Moments later Peter Wilson picked up a shooting gold at the Royal Artillery Barracks.
  • Chris Hoy, Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny won the team sprint in the velodrome
  • Katherine Grainger's wait for Olympic gold ended with Anna Watkins
  • There was team pursuit glory for Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh
  • Victoria Pendleton delighted the velodrome crowd with victory in the keirin
  • Alex Gregory, Pete Reed, Tom James and Andrew Triggs Hodge triumphed in the men's four
  • Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking 'won the Olympics'
  • A stunning gold for Joanna Rowsell Laura Trott and Dani King in the team pursuit
  • Jessica Ennis lit up the Olympic Stadium with heptathlon gold
  • Moments later Greg Rutherford claimed long jump glory
  • And Mo Farah capped off the first of two 'Super Saturday's' with victory in the 10000m
  • Ben Ainslie won a fourth straight sailing gold medal
  • Andy Murray got his revenge on Roger Federer to claim tennis glory
  • Nick Skelton, Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles won gold in the showjumping
  • Jason Kenny picked up his second gold of the Games in the sprint
  • Alistair Brownlee was an impressive winner of the triathlon
  • Carl Hester Laura Bechtolsheimer and Charlotte Dujardin teamed up for victory in the dressage
  • Laura Trott emerged as a cycling star as she won the omnium for her second London 2012 gold
  • Chris Hoy couldn't hold back the tears as he became Britain's most successful Olympian of all time with his sixth career gold - this one in the keirin
  • Charlotte Dujardin stole the dressage show to clinch individual gold
  • Nicola Adams won the hearts of a nation with her big smile and by winning the first women's boxing gold
  • Late on day 13, Jade Jones delighted the crowd with her taekwondo triumph
  • The Usain Bolt of the canoe world - Ed McKeever - stormed to glory in the K1 200m sprint.
  • Mo Farah etched his name into Olympic history by joining the elite group of men to complete the long distance double
  • Luke Campbell gave the men's boxers their first gold of the Games
  • Anthony Joshua won Britain's 29th and final gold of an incredible Olympics with victory in the super-heavyweight final.
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The closing ceremony itself was another night of thrilling British eccentricity.

And a final theatrical flourish saw a flaming phoenix rise above the Olympic cauldron as the flame was extinguished while ballerina Darcey Bussell flew from the roof and Take That played at the other end of the Stadium.

The packed stands joined in with a rousing rendition of The Who's My Generation before streaming out into the London night with the Games over after a wonderful 17 days.

In a guide to the ceremony, Prince Harry, who attended with the Duchess of Cambridge, said London 2012 had been an "extraordinary" event which had touched people's hearts and captured their imaginations.

US President Barack Obama echoed that view, calling David Cameron to "congratulate him and the people of the United Kingdom and London on an extremely successful Olympic Games", the White House said.

As the world bade farewell to London, the host city gave the concert of a lifetime as stars such as Annie Lennox, The Spice Girls, Madness, Queen and Take That took to the stage.

The party marked the end of British sport's most successful Olympic Games in more than a century which saw a final medal tally of 64 - an incredible 29 golds, 16 silvers and 19 bronze.

Athletes from all nations paraded through the Stadium taking with them their own memories of a Games which has been universally acclaimed.

After the Games showed off the best of British sport, the closing ceremony was designed to show off the best of Britain's past and present music scene, culminating with a glimpse of the carnival that awaits in Rio in 2016.