Trivandrum: The 2012 London Olympics ended in a grand manner for India with Sushil Kumar winning the silver medal in 66kg freestyle wrestling. He lost to Japan's Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu 3-1 in the final. Sushil Kumar had a tough path leading to his second Olympic medal in as many Olympics, with him pinned against the defending champion RamazanSahin of Turkey in the Round of 16. The 29 year old then overcame the challenges of Uzbekistan's Ikhtiyor Naruzov in the quarterfinals and Kazakhstan's Akhzurek Tanatrov in the semifinals, before losing in the finals.
Sushil Kumar's silver was India's sixth in this year's Olympics, ending up in the 55th spot in the medal's table, ten places higher up from the previous time in Beijing. It was also the first time that an Indian athlete won a medal in consecutive Olympics. London Olympics witnessed the best effort from the nation at the grand stage, ending with two silver and four bronze medals.
It also saw the resurgence of USA as the No.1 nation in the world in sports and athletics. USA ended up with a total of 104 medals, with 46 gold, 29 silver and 29 bronze medals. China came second with 38 gold in a total of 87 medals. The London Olympics was also Britain's best Olympics in over a century as the host team finished third with 65 medals, including 29 in gold.
The British Prime Minister David Cameron proclaimed the London Olympics as a grand success. It cost Britain $14 billion to set up the infrastructure needed for conducting an event of this magnitude, and the host nation made enough and more of the investment made by ending up third in the medal's table, behind USA and China.
All eyes are on Brazil now, as the Olympics would be travelling down to this Latin American nation, to Rio de Janeiro, in four years time, for the Olympics 2016.
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