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Gold, Silver and Bronze for the top three athletes. Every four years the Games produce fresh and new medal designs. The medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games will be awarded during a total of 302 Victory Ceremonies, taking place at venues across the UK.
The medals have been designed by David Watkins, an established artist in the field of decorative art, and are in production at the Royal Mint headquarters in Llantrisant, South Wales.

The Olympic medals’ circular form is a metaphor for the world. The front of the medal always depicts the same imagery at the Summer Games – the Greek Goddess of Victory, Nike, stepping out of the depiction of the Parthenon to arrive in the Host City.

The design for the reverse features five symbolic elements:
-The curved background implies a bowl similar to the design of an amphitheatre. -The core emblem is an architectural expression, a metaphor for the modern city, and is deliberately jewel-like.
-The grid suggests both a pulling together and a sense of outreach – an image of radiating energy that represents the athletes’ efforts.
-The River Thames in the background is a symbol for London and also suggests a fluttering baroque ribbon, adding a sense of celebration.
-The square is the final balancing motif of the design, opposing the overall circularity of the design, emphasising its focus on the centre and reinforcing the sense of ‘place’ as in a map inset.

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 17 9 4 30
2 12 8 9 29
3 6 2 4 12
4 5 3 5 13
5 4 0 1 5
6 3 8 2 13
7 3 4 2 9
8 3 0 0 3
9 2 4 11 17
10 2 4 5 11
11 2 3 4 9
12 2 1 1 4
13 2 0 4 6
14 2 0 0 2
15 1 6 2 9
16 1 3 2 6
17 1 1 1 3
17 1 1 1 3
19 1 0 0 1
19 1 0 0 1
19 1 0 0 1
19 1 0 0 1
23 0 2 1 3
23 0 2 1 3
25 0 2 0 2
26 0 1 5 6
27 0 1 1 2
27 0 1 1 2
29 0 1 0 1
29 0 1 0 1
29 0 1 0 1
29 0 1 0 1
29 0 1 0 1
29 0 1 0 1
29 0 1 0 1
29 0 1 0 1
37 0 0 2 2
37 0 0 2 2
39 0 0 1 1
39 0 0 1 1
39 0 0 1 1
39 0 0 1 1
39 0 0 1 1
39 0 0 1 1
39 0 0 1 1
39 0 0 1 1
39 0 0 1 1
39 0 0 1 1
39 0 0 1 1

– By source: London 2012.com