The 2012 Olympic Games

The 2012 Olympic Games were held in London, England. They took place from July 25th to August 12th. More than 10,000 athletes took part in these games. These athletes came from more than 200 different countries. There were many highlights to these games. It was no surprise to see the United States won the most gold medals in London. They won 46 gold medals and 103 medals in total. The big surprise was that Great Britain finished third in the gold medal table. Great Britain won 29 gold medals in total. This surprised many people, but people in Britain were very pleased. Great Britain was most successful in cycling. Their athletes won eight gold medals in this sport, and they won 12 medals in total. In athletics, Mo Farah was the hero. He won a gold medal in the men’s 5,000 meters and in the men’s 10,000 meters. He became the hero of Great Britain. Perhaps the home support helped the British athletes perform at their best. Japan finished in 11th place in the gold medal table. Japanese athletes won seven gold medals and 38 medals in total. Wrestling was Japan’s most successful sport at London 2012. In total Japan won four gold medals and two bronze medals. Only Russia was more successful in this sport.