YOG medals keep on coming to the very end at London 2012
The last day of competition for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) athletes at London 2012 saw a gold rush, with a total of four gold medals being won. Cuba’s Robeisy Carrazana Ramirez provided the first medal as he won the men’s flyweight (52kg) boxing.
At the Excel centre, Robeisy made it look easy as he won Cuba’s fifth gold medal of the Olympic Games after beating Mongolia’s Tugstsogt Nyambayar. The teenager topped off an impressive fortnight of competition that proved him to be one of the best fighters in the world. "The moment I heard I won, I fell on the floor because it was overwhelming. I am 18 years-old and I am already an Olympic champion. I am becoming part of my country's history along with past Cuban champions," he said. And now, the only thing the newly crowned Olympic champion wants to do is to go home: “My preparation has been very long and I have been out of Cuba a long time so I am looking forward to seeing my family again."
Over at Wembley Arena, three of our Youth Olympic Games stars were strutting their ribbons as Russia won its fourth consecutive all-around gold. With 18 metres of ribbon and two hoops on show, our girls kept themselves untangled and cruised to the top.
And as the last of the medals had been handed out, the evening saw the Olympic Stadium transformed into another superb British showcase. Over 80,000 people turned up to bid farewell to the London 2012 Olympic Games, and the Closing Ceremony did not disappoint.
Staged around iconic London landmarks wrapped in newspaper and featuring a giant inflatable octopus, with the athletes forming a giant Union Jack and a symphony of British music, including appearances from iconic British bands including The Spice Girls, Queen and George Michael, there are no words to describe the atmosphere in the stadium. In the finale, which saw the mayors of London and Rio exchange the Olympic flag, the singers and dancers of Rio de Janeiro gave us a taste of what is to come in four years’ time with a colourful Brazilian carnival. And, as the flames of the XXX Olympiad were extinguished, the crowd, athletes and 300 million fans watching around the world reflected on their own personal experiences, the memories of which will last a lifetime. London signed off in style.