With Rio 2016 just around the corner, we take a look back at some of the greatest moments from the 2012 Olympics in London, from the unforgettable achievements of Super Saturday to the quintessential British eccentricity of Boris Johnson.
1. Super Saturday
Without doubt one of the greatest days in British sporting history, the gold medal winning exploits of Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford inside the Olympic Stadium will live long in the memory, adding to the three golds already won in rowing and cycling earlier in the day.
2. The Opening Ceremony
From the Queen and James Bond arriving by parachute to Mr Bean joining the London Symphony Orchestra, Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony had it all and announced the London Olympics to the rest of the world in style.
3. Sir Chris Hoy making the record books
Becoming Scotland’s most successful Olympian and the most successful Olympic cyclist of all-time, Sir Chris Hoy took home another two gold medals in London including a thrilling triumph in the keirin.
4. Usain Bolt triumphs yet again
Usain Bolt became the first man in history to defend both the 100 m and 200 m Olympic sprint titles and completed his second ‘triple’ in a row as Jamaica won the 4×100 metres gold on the final day of the Games.
5. Nicola Adams makes history
The first woman to win an Olympic boxing title in history, Nicola Adams captivated the crowds in London with her incredible ability and went on to win golds in both the Commonwealth and European Games.
6. The Brownlee Brothers
Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee won gold and bronze medals respectively in the triathlon and took their place amongst some of the greatest sporting brothers of all-time.
7. Andy Murray finally wins at Wimbledon
Just weeks after losing to Roger Federer in the final of Wimbledon, Andy Murray put the disappointment behind him by taking to the same stage to finally defeat the Swiss master in straight sets and clinch Olympic gold.
8. Boris getting stuck on the zip wire
It may not be a sporting moment, but the Mayor of London getting stuck on a zip wire in Victoria Park while waving a Union flag and wearing a hard hat is a sight not many people will forget!
9. Sir Bradley Wiggins on a golden throne
Coming off the back of an historic Tour de France victory, Sir Bradley won the men’s cycling time trial gold medal and casually took his place on a golden throne outside Hampton Court Palace to celebrate.
10. Beth Tweddle wins her long-awaited Olympic medal
After a host of medals at World, European and Commonwealth level, Beth Tweddle finally won an Olympic medal to cap off an incredible career with a dazzling uneven bars routine.
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