The closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games kicked off tonight with a mock up of famous London scenes and and mock Big Ben chiming out 10pm. From then on it bore little resemblance to the stunning opening ceremony, in fact the Queen didn’t bother turning up but sent Prince Harry to represent her instead.
Interestingly athletes from around the world seem to be just as keen as much of the general populace to look gormless on telly and scream into the lens. Still I guess they should be excused after four years of hard work and a couple of day’s exposure to the world before sadly these gifted sports men and women largely disappear back to obscurity until Rio in 2016. They have earned the right to let their hair down, although I suspect those that skipped the closing ceremony probably had a better night.
When you look back at the 2012 games for your most memorable moment it definitely won’t be the closing ceremony! There were a few music acts that still have a career, but there were a lot who’s careers definitely ended in the last century. As a celebration of 15,000 athletes efforts and achievements the ceremony pretty much involved corralling the sports men and women into the arena and forgetting about them.
Still there was one last gold for Britain to push the tally to 29 gold medals and cement their position as third in the medal table.
Anthony Joshua’s gold medal win in the Men’s +91kg Super Heavy Weight Boxing
6ft 6in, 18 stone Anthony Joshua swiped the gold from under the nose of Italian Roberto Cammarelle after an 18-18 points score bout. The win was awarded on a countback and came down to three scoring punches but the history books will forget that. All that matters is that he got the gold medal leaving the silver to Roberto.
This is the twenty-ninth gold medal stamp and will be the last to be issued by Royal Mail finalising the set for collectors. It’s being printed and will be in Post Offices around the country by tomorrow lunch time including at the Post Office branch at 165 The Harlequin in Watford, Anthony’s home town.
Royal Mail will be painting the final Olympic pillar box gold on Watford high street, but we’ll be seeing more gold pillar boxes in a few weeks time when the Paralympics starts and the gold medals start flowing once again.