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London 2012 Olympic Games

Australian Medal Winners

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  • Australia's London 2012 Olympic Games medal tally: 7 gold, 16 silver, 12 bronze.

And so the 30th Olympic Games, held in London in 2012, have ended.

Following the opening ceremony on the night of August 27, British summer time, athletes from 204 countries participated in 26 sports through 16 days of competition in the London Olympics.

At the opening ceremony, basketball Olympian Lauren Jackson, captain of the Australian women's basketball team which had won silver medals at the past three Olympic Games, led the Australian athletes into the London Olympic Stadium as Australia's flag bearer.

At the closing ceremony on August 12, British summer time, gold medalist Malcolm Page carried the flag as the Australian contingent marched into the Olympic Stadium for the final time. Page had sailed for a win in the 470 class with his sailing partner Mathew Belcher in London. Page had also won gold in the same event in Beijing in 2008.

Medals, medals, medals

At the previous Olympic Games held in Beijing, Australian athletes won a total of 46 medals, comprising 14 gold, 15 silver and 17 bronze medals, individually or collectively as teams, in the 2008 Games. On home ground, at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Australian athletes won a total of 58 medals.

The Australian medal tally at the London 2012 Olympic Games was 35 comprising 7 gold medals, 16 silver and 12 bronze.

The next Olympic Games take place in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Best medal chances

Among Australia's best medal chances prior to the start of the London competition were 100m hurdles world champion Sally Pearson who won silver at the Beijing Games; women's swimming 4x200m freestyle relay team which won gold in Beijing; Olympics first-timer men's 100m freestyle swimmer James Magnussen; men's BMX world champion at the elite level Sam Willoughby; women's BMX world champion Caroline Buchanan; men's double sculls Beijing gold medal winners Scott Brennan and David Crawshay; and laser sailing world champion Tom Slingsby.

In a lead-up race to the London Olympics, 100m hurdles hope Sally Pearson lost to American Kellie Wells who finished 0.02sec ahead of Pearson at London's Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on July 14 London time. Pearson had suffered a fall in her warm-up before racing to win her heat, only to lose to Wells in the final. At the London Olympics, Pearson converted her Beijing silver to gold.

Another silver medalist in Beijing, Anna Meares, won the gold in London in the women's cycling sprint.

Australia's first gold medal at the London Olympics went to the women's swimming 4x100m relay team at the London Aquatic Centre on the night of the first day of competition. The team of Alicia Coutts, Cate Campbell, Brittany Elmslie and Melanie Schlanger swam a new Olympic record of 3:33.15 to beat the Netherlands with the United States third.

Australian contingent

According to the official website of the 2012 Australian Olympic Team for London Olympics, 410 athletes are in the Australian contingent set to compete in 23 of 26 sports in London. Australia will not compete in fencing, football and handball.

Australia's medal winners at the London 2012 Olympic Games:

GOLD

  1. Mathew Belcher, Malcolm Page, sailing, 470 men, 4
  2. Cate Campbell, Alicia Coutts, Brittany Elmslie, Melanie Schlanger, swimming, women's 4x100m freestyle relay, 3:33.15
  3. Jacob Clear, Dave Smith, Tate Smith, Murray Stewart, canoe/kayak sprint, men's kayak four (K4) 1000m, 2:55.085
  4. Iain Jensen, Nathan Outteridge, sailing, 49er men, 8
  5. Anna Meares, track cycling, women's sprint
  6. Sally Pearson, athletics, women's 100m hurdles, 12.35
  7. Thomas Slingsby, sailing, laser men, 18

SILVER

  1. Bronte Barratt, Alicia Coutts, Melanie Schlanger, Kylie Palmer, swimming, women's 4x200m freestyle relay, 7:44.41
  2. Jack Bobridge, Rohan Dennis, Michael Hepburn, Glenn O'Shea, track cycling, men's team pursuit, 3:54.581
  3. Brittany Broben, diving, women's 10m platform, 366.50
  4. James Chapman, Joshua Dunkley-Smith, Drew Ginn, William Lockwood, rowing, men's four, 6:05.19
  5. Alicia Coutts, swimming, women's 200m individual medley, 2:08.15
  6. Alicia Coutts, Leisel Jones, Melanie Schlanger, Emily Seebohm, swimming, women's 4x100m medley relay, 3:54.02
  7. Kimberley Crow, Brooke Pratley, rowing, women's double sculls, 6:58.55
  8. Nina Curtis, Olivia Price, Lucinda Whitty. sailing, Elliott 6m WMR
  9. Jessica Fox, canoe/kayak slalom, women's kayak (K1), 106.51
  10. Kate Hornsey, Sarah Tait, rowing, women's pair, 7:29.86
  11. James Magnussen, swimming, men's 100m freestyle, 47.53
  12. Emily Seebohm, swimming, women's 100m backstroke, 58.68
  13. Christian Sprenger, swimming, men's 100m breaststroke, 58.93
  14. Jared Tallent, athletics, men's 50km race walk, 3:36:53
  15. Mitchell Watt, athletics, men's long jump, 8.16
  16. Samuel Willoughby, BMX cycling, men's BMX, 37.929

BRONZE

  1. Suzy Batkovic, Abby Bishop, Elizabeth Cambage, Laura Hodges, Lauren Jackson, Rachel Jarry, Kathleen Macleod, Jenna O'Hea, Samantha Richards, Jennifer Screen, Belinda Snell, Kristi Willoughby, women's basketball, 83
  2. Bronte Barratt, swimming, women's 200m freestyle, 1:55.81
  3. Gemma Beadsworth, Victoria Brown, Kate Gynther, Bronwen Knox, Holly Lincoln-Smith, Alicia McCormack, Jane Moran, Glencora Ralph, Melissa Rippon, Sophie Smith, Ashleigh Southern, Rowena Webster, Nicola Zagame, women's water polo, 13
  4. Nathan Burgers, Matthew Butturini, Joel Carroll, Christopher Ciriello, Liam De Young, Timothy Deavin, Jamie Dwyer, Russell Ford, Matt Gohdes, Kieran Govers, Fergus Kavanagh, Mark Knowles, Edward Ockenden, Simon Orchard, Matthew Swann, Glenn Turner, men's hockey, 3
  5. Alicia Coutts, swimming, women's 100m butterfly, 56.94
  6. Kimberley Crow, rowing, women's single sculls, 7:58.04
  7. Erin Densham, women's triathlon, 1:59:50.00
  8. Annette Edmondson, track cycling, women's omnium, 35.140
  9. Karsten Forsterling, James McRae, Christopher Morgan, Daniel Noonan , rowing, men's quad sculls, 5:45.22
  10. James Magnussen, Christian Sprenger, Hayden Stoeckel, Matt Targett, swimming, men's 4x100m medley relay, 3:31.58
  11. Kaarle McCulloch, Anna Meares, track cycling, women's team sprint, 32.727
  12. Shane Perkins, track cycling, men's sprint
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