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Closing ceremony of London Games gets under way

Sunday - 8/12/2012, 4:02pm  ET

LONDON (AP) - The closing ceremony of the London Olympics has begun, kicking off with a segment showcasing a day in the life of the British capital.

Organizers say the ceremony _ scheduled to last 2 hours, 45 minutes _ is being broadcast to more than 300 million viewers around the world.

The show is set to include musical performances by the Spice Girls, The Who, George Michael, Annie Lennox, the Pet Shot Boys, One Direction, Ray Davies and the surviving members of Queen.

Thousands of athletes will be marching into the stadium and the Olympic flag will be handed over to Brazilian organizers of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. There will be closing speeches by IOC President Jacques Rogge and chief London organizer Sebastian Coe before the flame is extinguished.


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