MINSK, 13 August (BelTA) – The London 2012 Olympics ended with a spectacular musical closing ceremony and the official handover to the next host city, Rio de Janeiro, on 12 August, BelTA has learnt.
The Games ended with the U.S. topping the final medal table with 104 medals (46 golds, 29 silvers and 29 bronzes), followed by China with 38 golds. Great Britain, the Olympic host, came third with 29 golds.
Belarus ranked 26rd in the Olympic medal count clinching 12 medals (2, 5, 5). Olympic champion titles were received by shooter Sergei Martynov and tennis duo Victoria Azarenka/Max Mirnyi.
Alexandra Gerasimenya snatched two silver medals. Silvers were also clinched by Roman Petrushenko and Vadim Makhnev in the K2 events, brothers Andrei and Alexander Bogdanovich in the men's C2 1000m, and gymnasts Marina Goncharova, Anastasia Ivankova, Alina Tumilovich, Kseniya Sankovich, Natalia Leshchik and Alexandra Narkevich.
Victoria Azarenka and weightlifters Marina Shkermankova and Irina Kulesha, gymnast Lyubov Cherkashina and the K4 team Nadezhda Popok, Olga Khudenko, Irina Pomelova and Marina Poltoran won bronze medals.
Twelve medals is Belarus’ worst performance at the Olympic Summer Games. In the Atlanta 1996 Belarus won 15 medals (1, 6, 8). In the Sydney 2000 there were 17 medals (3, 3, 11). Fifteen medals (2, 6, 7) were taken at the Athens 2004 and 19 (4, 5, 10) at the Beijing 2008.