London 2012

London2012The London 2012 Summer Olympics, officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad, took place in London, United Kingdom and a lesser extent across the country from 25 July to 12 August 2012 where more than 10,000 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) participated.

Following a bid headed by former Olympic champion Sebastian Coe and then-Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, London was selected as the host city on 6 July 2005 during the 117th IOC Session in Singapore, defeating bids from Moscow, New York City, Madrid and Paris. London was the first city to host the modern Olympic Games three times, having previously done so in 1908 and in 1948.

Construction for the Games involved considerable redevelopment, with an emphasis on sustainability. The main focus was a new 200-hectare (490-acre) Olympic Park, constructed on a former industrial site at Stratford, East London. The Games also made use of venues that already existed before the bid.

The Games received widespread acclaim for their organisation, with the volunteers, the British military and public enthusiasm praised particularly highly. During the Games, Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, winning his 22nd medal.

London 2012 was the first time Olympics with the combined run/shoot.

The men’s modern pentathlon at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London was held on 11 August. Three venues were used: the Copper Box (fencing), Aquatics Centre (swimming) and Greenwich Park (horse-riding and combined running and shooting).

David Svoboda from the Czech Republic won the gold medal with an Olympic record-breaking score of 5,926 points. Cao Zhongrong, 2010 Asian Games gold medallist, won China’s first ever Olympic medal in modern pentathlon, taking the silver. Meanwhile, Hungary’s Ádám Marosi claimed the bronze medal. For the first time in the post-Soviet era, Russia missed out of the medal podium in the men’s event, as current world champion Aleksander Lesun and defending champion Andrey Moiseev finished fourth and seventh place, respectively.

The women’s modern pentathlon was held a day later on 12 August. at the three same venues were used as the men’s event.

Laura Asadauskaitė from Lithuania won the gold medal, breaking an Olympic record with her final score of 5,408 points. Great Britain’s Samantha Murray won silver and Yane Marques became Brazil’s first Olympic medallist in modern pentathlon, taking the bronze. Belarus’ Anastasiya Prokopenko set an Olympic record for the combined running and shooting event, with a time of 11:06.00, but finished only in sixth place.