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The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad, also known informally as London 2012, began in London, United Kingdom on 27 July and will continue until 12 August 2012. The first event, the group stages in women's football, began two days earlier on 25 July. Around 10,500 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) are expected to participate.
Following a bid headed by former Olympic champion Lord Coe and the then Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, London was selected as the host city on 6 July 2005 during the117th IOC Session in Singapore, defeating bids from Moscow, New York City, Madrid andParis. London is the first city to officially host the modern Olympic Games three times, having previously done so in 1908 and in 1948.
Construction in preparation for the Games involved considerable redevelopment, particularly themed towards sustainability. The main focus of this is a new 200-hectare Olympic Park, constructed on a former industrial site at Stratford in the east of London. The Games also make use of venues which were already in place before the bid.
Highlights of the Day
Michael Phelps Breaks Another Record
Michael Phelps bit his lip on the victory stand as the anthem played, his eyes full. They called him an automaton when he couldn't lose in Beijing. Here, he's a sentimental fool.
"I have let myself shed a tear now and then," Phelps allowed of his Goodbye Games.
Phelps beat rival Ryan Lochte in the 200-meter individual medley Thursday night, the first time any man has won an individual swimming event at three consecutive Games.
"Cool to add to my resume," he said, a satisfied smile suggesting this was more than mere grace note. The man who has made so much history clearly craved even more.
His rivalry with Lochte was a drumbeat leading up to these Games. Lochte said to all who would listen that this was his time. And he made good on the first night of the Olympic meet, winning gold as Phelps came fourth, missing a medal, showing his age.