2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony flag bearers

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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 flagbearers[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "London 2012 closing ceremony – Flag bearers". 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.