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2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony flag bearers

During the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the flag bearers of 205 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) arrived into the main Olympic Stadium. The flag bearers from each participating country entered the stadium informally in single file, and behind them marched all the athletes without any distinction or grouping by nationality. The blending of all the athletes is a tradition that dates from the 1956 Summer Olympics, after a suggestion by Australian-born British student John Ian Wing, who thought it would be a way of bringing the athletes of the world together as "one nation." The flags of each country were not necessarily carried by the same flag bearer as in the opening ceremony.

Countries and flagbearersEdit

 
The parade of all 205 National Olympic Committee flags in the closing ceremony

Below is a list of all parading countries with their announced flag bearer, sorted in the order in which they appeared in the parade. This is sortable by country name under which they entered, the flag bearer's name, or the flag bearer's sport. Names are given as were officially designated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).[1]

No. Country Flag bearer Sport
1   Greece (GRE) Spyridon Gianniotis Swimming
2   Afghanistan (AFG) Rohullah Nikpai Taekwondo
3   Albania (ALB) Romela Begaj Weightlifting
4   Algeria (ALG) Taoufik Makhloufi Athletics
5   American Samoa (ASA) Ching Maou Wei Swimming
6   Andorra (AND) Antoni Bernadó Athletics
7   Angola (ANG) Marcelina Kiala Handball
8   Antigua and Barbuda (ANT) Karin O'Reilly Swimming
9   Argentina (ARG) Sebastián Crismanich Taekwondo
10   Armenia (ARM) Arsen Julfalakyan Wrestling
11   Aruba (ARU) Jayme Mata Judo
12   Australia (AUS) Malcolm Page Sailing
13   Austria (AUT) Beate Schrott Athletics
14   Azerbaijan (AZE) Toghrul Asgarov Wrestling
15   Bahamas (BAH) Chandra Sturrup Athletics
16   Bahrain (BRN) LOCOG – Games Maker
17   Bangladesh (BAN) LOCOG – Games Maker
18   Barbados (BAR) Kyle Maxwell Judo
19   Belarus (BLR) Raman Piatrushenka Canoeing
20   Belgium (BEL) Lionel Cox Shooting
21   Belize (BIZ) Kenneth Medwood Athletics
22   Benin (BEN) Jacob Gnahoui Judo
23   Bermuda (BER) Flora Duffy Triathlon
24   Bhutan (BHU) Sherab Zam Archery
25   Bolivia (BOL) Claudia Balderrama Athletics
26   Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) Kemal Mešić Athletics
27   Botswana (BOT) Oteng Oteng Boxing
28   Brazil (BRA) Esquiva Falcão Boxing
29   British Virgin Islands (IVB) Tahesia Harrigan Athletics
30   Brunei (BRU) Anderson Lim Swimming
31   Bulgaria (BUL) Stanka Zlateva Wrestling
32   Burkina Faso (BUR) Angelika Ouedraogo Swimming
33   Burundi (BDI) Diane Nukuri Athletics
34   Cambodia (CAM) Sorn Davin Taekwondo
35   Cameroon (CMR) Annabelle Ali Wrestling
36   Canada (CAN) Christine Sinclair[2] Football
37   Cape Verde (CPV) Ruben Sança Athletics
38   Cayman Islands (CAY) Ronald Forbes Athletics
39   Central African Republic (CAF) David Boui Taekwondo
40   Chad (CHA) Hinikissia Ndikert Athletics
41   Chile (CHI) Paris Inostroza Fencing
42   China (CHN) Xu Lijia Sailing
43   Colombia (COL) Mariana Pajón Cycling
44   Comoros (COM) Maoulida Daroueche Athletics
45   Congo (CGO) Aminata Aboubakar Yacoub Swimming
46   Cook Islands (COK) Luisa Peters Weightlifting
47   Costa Rica (CRC) Gabriela Traña Athletics
48   Ivory Coast (CIV) Philippe Kouassi Archery
49   Croatia (CRO) Damir Martin Rowing
50   Cuba (CUB) Mijaín López Wrestling
51   Cyprus (CYP) Chrystalleni Trikomiti Gymnastics
52   Czech Republic (CZE) Barbora Špotáková Athletics
53   North Korea (PRK) Ri Jong-Myong Wrestling
54   DR Congo (COD) Cédric Mandembo Judo
55   Denmark (DEN) Allan Nørregaard Sailing
56   Djibouti (DJI) Yasmin Farah Table tennis
57   Dominica (DMA) Luan Gabriel Athletics
58   Dominican Republic (DOM) Félix Sánchez Athletics
59   Ecuador (ECU) César de Cesare Canoeing
60   Egypt (EGY) Tamer Bayoumi Taekwondo
61   El Salvador (ESA) Melissa Mikec Shooting
62   Equatorial Guinea (GEQ) Bibiana Olama Athletics
63   Eritrea (ERI) Zersenay Habteselassie Athletics
64   Estonia (EST) Heiki Nabi Wrestling
65   Ethiopia (ETH) Tirunesh Dibaba Athletics
66   Fiji (FIJ) Leslie Copeland Athletics
67   Finland (FIN) Antti Ruuskanen Athletics
68   Macedonia (MKD) Kristijan Efremov Athletics
69   France (FRA) Laura Flessel-Colovic Fencing
70   Gabon (GAB) Ruddy Zang Milama Athletics
71   The Gambia (GAM) Suwaibou Sanneh Athletics
72   Georgia (GEO) Lasha Shavdatuashvili Judo
73   Germany (GER) Kristof Wilke Rowing
74   Ghana (GHA) Maxwell Amponsah Boxing
75   Grenada (GRN) Neisha Bernard-Thomas Athletics
76   Guam (GUM) Ricardo Blas, Jr. Judo
77   Guatemala (GUA) Erick Barrondo Athletics
78   Guinea (GUI) Facinet Keita Judo
79   Guinea-Bissau (GBS) Augusto Midana Wrestling
80   Guyana (GUY) Aliann Pompey Athletics
81   Haiti (HAI) Marlena Wesh Athletics
82   Honduras (HON) Karen Vilorio Swimming
83   Hong Kong (HKG) Tang Peng Table tennis
84   Hungary (HUN) Krisztián Pars Athletics
85   Iceland (ISL) Ragna Ingólfsdóttir Badminton
86   Independent Olympic Athletes (IOA) LOCOG – Games Maker
87   India (IND) Mary Kom Boxing
88   Indonesia (INA) LOCOG – Games Maker
89   Iran (IRI) Komeil Ghasemi Wrestling
90   Iraq (IRQ) Ali Salman Wrestling
91   Ireland (IRL) Darren O'Neill Boxing
92   Israel (ISR) Neta Rivkin Gymnastics
93   Italy (ITA) Daniele Molmenti Canoeing
94   Jamaica (JAM) Hansle Parchment Athletics
95   Japan (JPN) Saori Yoshida Wrestling
96   Jordan (JOR) Mohammad Abu-Libdeh Taekwondo
97   Kazakhstan (KAZ) Serik Sapiyev Boxing
98   Kenya (KEN) David Rudisha Athletics
99   Kiribati (KIR) David Katoatau Weightlifting
100   South Korea (KOR) Song Dae-Nam Judo
101   Kuwait (KUW) LOCOG – Games Maker
102   Kyrgyzstan (KGZ) Bekzat Osmonaliev Weightlifting
103   Laos (LAO) Kilakone Siphonexay Athletics
104   Latvia (LAT) Ineta Radēviča Athletics
105   Lebanon (LIB) Andrea Paoli Taekwondo
106   Lesotho (LES) Mosito Lehata Athletics
107   Liberia (LBR) Phobay Kutu-Akoi Athletics
108   Libya (LBA) Hala Gezah Athletics
109   Liechtenstein (LIE) Julia Hassler Swimming
110   Lithuania (LTU) Jevgenij Shuklin Canoeing
111   Luxembourg (LUX) Laurent Carnol Swimming
112   Madagascar (MAD) Fetra Ratsimiziva Judo
113   Malawi (MAW) Mike Tebulo Athletics
114   Malaysia (MAS) Pandelela Rinong Diving
115   Maldives (MDV) Azneem Ahmed Athletics
116   Mali (MLI) Rahmatou Dramé Athletics
117   Malta (MLT) Diane Borg Athletics
118   Marshall Islands (MHL) Giordan Harris Swimming
119   Mauritania (MTN) LOCOG – Games Maker
120   Mauritius (MRI) Natacha Rigobert Beach volleyball
121   Mexico (MEX) María Espinoza Taekwondo
122   Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) Debra Daniel Swimming
123   Moldova (MDA) Zalina Marghieva Athletics
124   Monaco (MON) Damien Desprat Sailing
125   Mongolia (MGL) Nyambayaryn Tögstsogt Boxing
126   Montenegro (MNE) Bojana Popović Handball
127   Morocco (MAR) Wiam Dislam Taekwondo
128   Mozambique (MOZ) Kurt Couto Athletics
129   Myanmar (MYA) LOCOG – Games Maker
130   Namibia (NAM) Sem Shilimela Wrestling
131   Nauru (NRU) Itte Detenamo Weightlifting
132   Nepal (NEP) Prasiddha Jung Shah Swimming
133   Netherlands (NED) Ranomi Kromowidjojo Swimming
134   New Zealand (NZL) Mahé Drysdale[3] Rowing
135   Nicaragua (NCA) Osmar Bravo Boxing
136   Niger (NIG) Moustapha Hima Boxing
137   Nigeria (NGR) Sinivie Boltic Wrestling
138   Norway (NOR) Eirik Verås Larsen Canoeing
139   Oman (OMA) LOCOG – Games Maker
140   Pakistan (PAK) Sohail Abbas Field hockey
141   Palau (PLW) Rodman Teltull Athletics
142   Palestine (PLE) Woroud Sawalha Athletics
143   Panama (PAN) Omar Simmonds Judo
144   Papua New Guinea (PNG) Steven Kari Weightlifting
145   Paraguay (PAR) Ben Hockin Swimming
146   Peru (PER) Inés Melchor Athletics
147   Philippines (PHI) Jasmine Alkhaldi Swimming
148   Poland (POL) Michał Jeliński Rowing
149   Portugal (POR) Fernando Pimenta Canoeing
150   Puerto Rico (PUR) Javier Culson Athletics
151   Qatar (QAT) Mohammed Bakhet Athletics
152   Romania (ROU) Sandra Izbașa Gymnastics
153   Russia (RUS) Anastasia Davydova Synchronized swimming
154   Rwanda (RWA) Adrien Niyonshuti Cycling
155   Saint Kitts and Nevis (SKN) Antoine Adams Athletics
156   Saint Lucia (LCA) Levern Spencer Athletics
157   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (VIN) Courtney Carl Williams Athletics
158   Samoa (SAM) Kaino Thomsen-Fuataga Taekwondo
159   San Marino (SMR) Alessandra Perilli Shooting
160   São Tomé and Príncipe (STP) Lecabela Quaresma Athletics
161   Saudi Arabia (KSA) Yousef Ahmed Athletics
162   Senegal (SEN) Hortense Diédhiou Judo
163   Serbia (SRB) Milica Mandić Taekwondo
164   Seychelles (SEY) Lissa Labiche Athletics
165   Sierra Leone (SLE) Ibrahim Turay Athletics
166   Singapore (SIN) Colin Cheng Sailing
167   Slovakia (SVK) Danka Barteková Shooting
168   Slovenia (SLO) Franka Anić Taekwondo
169   Solomon Islands (SOL) Tony Lomo Judo
170   Somalia (SOM) Zamzam Mohamed Farah Athletics
171   South Africa (RSA) Oscar Pistorius Athletics
172   Spain (ESP) Saúl Craviotto Canoeing
173   Sri Lanka (SRI) Niluka Karunaratne Badminton
174   Sudan (SUD) Rabah Yousif Athletics
175   Suriname (SUR) Kirsten Nieuwendam Athletics
176   Swaziland (SWZ) Sibusiso Matsenjwa Athletics
177   Sweden (SWE) Fredrik Lööf[4] Sailing
178   Switzerland (SUI) Nicola Spirig Triathlon
179   Syria (SYR) Majed Aldin Ghazal Athletics
180   Chinese Taipei (TPE) Tseng Li-Cheng Taekwondo
181   Tajikistan (TJK) Mavzuna Chorieva Boxing
182   Tanzania (TAN) Zakia Mrisho Athletics
183   Thailand (THA) Kaeo Pongprayoon Boxing
184   Timor-Leste (TLS) Juventina Napoleão Athletics
185   Togo (TOG) Sacha Denanyoh Judo
186   Tonga (TGA) Joseph Andy Lui Athletics
187   Trinidad and Tobago (TRI) George Bovell Swimming
188   Tunisia (TUN) Oussama Mellouli Swimming
189   Turkey (TUR) Servet Tazegül Taekwondo
190   Turkmenistan (TKM) LOCOG – Games Maker
191   Tuvalu (TUV) Asenate Manoa Athletics
192   Uganda (UGA) Ganzi Mugula Swimming
193   Ukraine (UKR) Oleksiy Torokhtiy Weightlifting
194   United Arab Emirates (UAE) LOCOG – Games Maker
195   United States (USA) Bryshon Nellum[5] Athletics
196   Uruguay (URU) Alejandro Foglia Sailing
197   Uzbekistan (UZB) Abbos Atoev Boxing
198   Vanuatu (VAN) Nazario Fiakaifonu Judo
199   Venezuela (VEN) Jessica López Gymnastics
200   Vietnam (VIE) Le Huynh Chau Taekwondo
201   Virgin Islands (ISV) LaVerne Jones-Ferrette Athletics
202   Yemen (YEM) Nabil Al-Garbi Athletics
203   Zambia (ZAM) Prince Mumba Athletics
204   Zimbabwe (ZIM) Cuthbert Nyasango Athletics
205   Great Britain (GBR) Ben Ainslie Sailing

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "London 2012 closing ceremony – Flag bearers" (PDF). International Olympic Committee (IOC). 12 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Brady, Rachel (12 August 2012). "Christine Sinclair to carry Canadian flag at closing ceremony". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Olympics: Drysdale named as flag bearer". The New Zealand Herald. 13 August 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Lööf svensk fanbärare på avslutningen". Sveriges Radio (in Swedish). 11 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Oddi, Vicky (10 August 2012). "Bryshon Nellum named U.S. flag bearer for closing ceremony". National Broadcasting Company (NBC). Retrieved 12 August 2012.