The key milestones of the London 2012 Olympic Games:

July 27

OPENED - The Games of the 30th Olympiad by Queen Elizabeth II, with seven young British athletes lighting the Olympic cauldron. Nick Willis carries New Zealand's flag into the stadium.

July 30

TEARS - At the women's epee, as a South Korean fencer sat on the piste for an hour after a controversial decision saw her pipped for the final.

July 31

CLAIMED - New Zealand's first medal in London - a bronze to the eventing team

August 1

DISQUALIFIED - Eight of the world's best women's badminton players from the Olympics for involvement in a match throwing scandal.

August 2

GRABBED - Gold to double scullers Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan.

August 3

REDEEMED - Single sculler Mahe Drysdale claims gold after Beijing's disappointment after pair Eric Murray and Hamish Bond win 40 minutes earlier.

DISGRACED - Australian Olympic rower Josh Booth, who was sent home from London by the Australian Olympic Committee after he damaged a shop front in a drunken rampage.

August 4:

CELEBRATED - Great Britain's most successful ever night on the track, with athletes Greg Rutherford, Jessica Ennis and refugee distance runner Mo Farah winning gold.

CONCLUDED - The final race and spectacular career of US swimmer Michael Phelps with his 22nd Olympic medal - including 18 gold - in the men's 4x100m medley relay.

COMPETED - The first ever amputee at an Olympic Games, with Oscar "Blade Runner" Pistorius finishing second in his 400m heat to advance to the semi-finals.

August 5

UNCOVERED - The absence of shot putter Valerie Adams' from the startlist for the Olympic event.

CRUSHED - World No.1 Roger Federer by local hero Andy Murray, who not only won his first Olympic gold but avenged his Wimbledon final loss to the Swiss legend.

August 6:

ARRESTED - A man accused of hurling a bottle onto the track as the runners took their marks in the men's 100m final at the Olympic Stadium.

August 7:

OVERHAULED - Australia finally moves back ahead of the New Zealand on the medal table after being behind for six days.

CELEBRATED - Chris Hoy becomes the host nation's most successful Olympian ever with six gold.

August 8

DONNED - A headscarf by Sarah Attar, who - despite coming last in her 800m heat - walked away the first Saudi woman to compete in Olympic track and field. Women from all 203 countries participated at the London Games for the first time in Olympic history.

August 9

BROKEN - The first world record on the track at the London Games, with Kenya's David Rudisha blitzing the 800m field.

August 10

GOLDEN - Sailors Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie win the 470 title in Weymouth.

August 11

POWERED - Paddler Lisa Carrington leaves the field in her wake to win K1 200 gold.

UNDISPUTED - Usain Bolt as the greatest sprinter ever and the first man to defend both the 100m and 200m sprint titles. Combines with Jamaica to blitz the world record in the 4X100m relay final and collect his third gold.

FINISHED - On a high, the track and field events at the London Olympics with local hero Mo Farah collecting his second gold before a roaring British crowd in the 5000m.

NZ Newswire

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