The Summer Games of the XXX Olympiad took place in London, United Kingdom, from 27th July to 12th August 2012. More than 10,000 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees participated. London also hosted the modern Olympic Games in 1908 as well as in 1948.
Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei entered female athletes for the first time, meaning that for the first time every country sent a female competitor to at least one Olympic Games.
The Olympic flame arrived on 18th May from Greece. The relay lasted 70 days and involved about 8,000 people carrying the torch a distance about 12,800 km starting from Land's End in Cornwall.
The Games were opened by Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. The rating of 24.24 million viewers was the highest rating for any British television broadcast since 1996.
The Olympic Committee of Serbia sent a total of 115 athletes. Serbia won four medals: one gold, one silver and two bronze. Milica Mandic won Serbia's first ever gold medal in Olympic history as an independent nation in taekwondo.
The closing ceremony featured a flashback to British music with many world-famous singers and bands like, Madness, Pet Shop Boys, George Michael, Jessie J, Annie Lennox, The Spice Girls. In addition, the well-known comedian who played in Monty Python, Emeli Sande, sang the unforgettable song 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life'.