London, September 10 (ANI): The London Olympic Stadium swelled one last time as Coldplay were joined by JAY Z and Rihanna and a cast of 1,336 performers at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics to mark the ending of the Summer Games at London.
During Coldplay’s final song, ‘Every Teardrop is a Waterfall’, water from fountains symbolised the dousing of the Paralympic flame, which was extinguished by 17-year-old Ellie Simmonds, who was born with achondroplasia, and Jonnie Peacock, 19, who lost the lower half of his right leg at five-years-old to a meningitis-related infection.
Captain Luke Sinnott, who lost both legs in an IED blast in Helmand province, hanged the Union flag, the Telegraph reported.
The Mayor London, Boris Johnson, called the two events a “mind-boggling success” and talked of the “Golden Games”.
In 11 days of Paralympic competition disabled sport made its great leap forward.
When the Games was first hosted in Rome in 1960, only 5,000 people watched the opening ceremony.
In London 80,000 throng the main arena for both shows. Ticket sales reached 2.7m and a generation of Paralympic stars vied for attention with Farah, Ennis, Wiggins and the other icons of the Olympic Games.
And 4,200 athletes from 165 countries asserted their right to be treated as elite sportsmen and women rather than disabled people seeking therapeutic outlets.
The Prime Minister, David Camerson, whose disabled son Ivan died in 2009, said: “I think back to Ivan. As every parent, you think about all the things they can’t do, but at the Paralympics they are superhuman, you see all the things they can do.” (ANI)