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World says good-bye to London Olympics (PHOTOS)

Published time: August 13, 2012 03:43
Edited time: August 13, 2012 12:01

Fireworks explode over the Olympic flame in the Olympic stadium in London during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games on August 12, 2012 (AFP Photo / Olivier Morin)

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A spectacular show starring iconic British musicians has marked the end of the XXX Summer Games in London. The Olympic flame has been extinguished and the Olympic flag has been handed to the next host Rio de Janeiro.

"These were happy and glorious Games. The legacy of the Games of the 30th Olympiad will become clear in many ways,” said International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge declaring the Games closed on Sunday night.

Addressing the athletes Rogge said, "Through your commitment to fair play, your respect for opponents, and your grace in defeat as well as in victory, you have earned the right to be called Olympians."

London Mayor Boris Johnson handed the Olympic flag to the IOC president, who then presented it to Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, which will host the next Summer Games in 2016.

An eight-minute segment of the ceremony dedicated to Rio brought in a carnival atmosphere celebrating Rio's mix of cultures, music and dance.

The flag handover was followed by the traditional march of athletes, with about 10,800 Olympians walking in to the stadium as one rather than with their nations, symbolizing the harmony and friendship inspired by the games.

Some 80,000 spectators filled the Olympic Stadium to see the three-hour exuberant ceremony featuring The Spice Girls, Muse, George Michael, Brazilian football legend Pele and a cast of more than 4,000.

Liam Gallagher performed "Wonderwall," a 1990s hit by his former band, Oasis. Muse rocked the house with the hard-edged Olympic anthem "Survival." As well, Queen guitarist Brian May was joined by singer Jessie J for a crowd-pleasing "We Will Rock You."

The ceremony ended with the extinguishing of the Olympic flame and the 204 petals of the Olympic cauldron descending to ground level.

The Olympic Flag is handed from Mayor of London, Boris Johnson to IOC President Jacques Rogge, who passes to Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 12, 2012 in London (AFP Photo / Jeff J Mitchell)
The Olympic Flag is handed from Mayor of London, Boris Johnson to IOC President Jacques Rogge, who passes to Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 12, 2012 in London (AFP Photo / Jeff J Mitchell)
Fireworks explode over the Olympic flame in the Olympic stadium in London during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games on August 12, 2012  (AFP Photo / Olivier Morin)
Fireworks explode over the Olympic flame in the Olympic stadium in London during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games on August 12, 2012 (AFP Photo / Olivier Morin)
A ballerina from the Royal Ballet performs as a pheonix during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games in the Olympic Stadium in east London on August 12, 2012 (AFP Photo / Johannies Eisele)
A ballerina from the Royal Ballet performs as a pheonix during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games in the Olympic Stadium in east London on August 12, 2012 (AFP Photo / Johannies Eisele)
 The Olympic cauldron with its 204 copper petals is dismantled during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games on August 12, 2012 at the Olympic stadium in London. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games (AFP Photo / Frank Fife)
The Olympic cauldron with its 204 copper petals is dismantled during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games on August 12, 2012 at the Olympic stadium in London. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games (AFP Photo / Frank Fife)
A photo shows dancers performing during the extinguishing of the Olympic flame at the Olympic stadium in London during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games on August 12, 2012  (AFP Photo / Olivier Morin)
A photo shows dancers performing during the extinguishing of the Olympic flame at the Olympic stadium in London during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games on August 12, 2012 (AFP Photo / Olivier Morin)
DJ Fatboy Slim performs during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the Olympic stadium in London on August 12, 2012 (AFP Photo / Leon Neal)
DJ Fatboy Slim performs during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the Olympic stadium in London on August 12, 2012 (AFP Photo / Leon Neal)
Fireworks lighten the Olympic stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games in London on August 12, 2012 (AFP Photo / Jewel Samad)
Fireworks lighten the Olympic stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games in London on August 12, 2012 (AFP Photo / Jewel Samad)
 Fireworks explode over the Olympic stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games in London on August 12, 2012 (AFP Photo / Alberto Pizzoli)
Fireworks explode over the Olympic stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games in London on August 12, 2012 (AFP Photo / Alberto Pizzoli)