LONDON — With a little British pomp and a lot of British pop, London brought the curtain down on a glorious Olympic Games on Sunday in a spectacular, technicolor pageant of landmarks, lightshows and lots of fun.
The closing ceremony offered a sensory blast including rock ‘n’ roll rickshaws, dustbin percussionists, an exploding yellow car and a marching band in red tunics and bearskin hats.
It was all delivered in a psychedelic mashup that had 80,000 fans at Olympic Stadium stomping, cheering and singing along. Organizers estimated 300 million or more were watching around the world.
At the end, the Olympic flag was handed from London Mayor Boris Johnson to IOC President Jacques Rogge, who then presented it to Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes.
Rogge hailed the London Olympics as “happy and glorious games.”
BOXING: Britain’s Anthony Joshua won the super heavyweight gold medal in the Olympic boxing tournament in front of his hometown fans, rallying from a late deficit to upset defending champ Roberto Cammarelle, of Italy, on a tiebreaker.
WRESTLING: American Jake Varner defeated Valerie Andriitsev, of Ukraine, 1-0, 1-0 to win gold in 96-kilogram freestyle wrestling.
TRACK AND FIELD: Stephen Kiprotich easily captured the marathon title, along with the first medal for Uganda at the London Games. He won in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 1 second.
VOLLEYBALL: Russia won its first men’s volleyball gold in 32 years by rallying past Brazil in five sets, 19-25, 20-25, 29-27, 25-22, 15-9.
CYCLING: World champion Jaroslav Kulhavy of the Czech Republic won a two-man sprint to take the gold medal in the men’s mountain bike race.
RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS: Russia won its fourth consecutive gold medal, easily beating Belarus.
WATER POLO: Croatia won its first Olympic gold in men’s water polo, pulling away from Italy for an 8-6 win.
HANDBALL: France won its second consecutive men’s gold medal with a 22-21 win over Sweden.