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Olympics Park Welcomes 2-Millionth Spectator

Claressa Shields (right) of the United States poses with her gold medal accompanied by silver medallist Nadezda Torlopova of Russia during the presentation ceremony for the women's middleweight boxing competition at the London Olympic Games on August 9.
London 2012 organizers have hailed the "passion and spirit" of the British public after the two-millionth ticketed spectator passed through the Olympic Park since the games started on July 27.

The two million mark was reached on August 8.

London 2012 games chief Sebastian Coe said in a statement that "the huge crowds have contributed to making the atmosphere at events."

Organizers said venues and big screens around the country had attracted huge crowds, with 2.7 million attending London2012 live sites.

In the games' athletics program, double amputee Oscar Pistorius's Olympic campaign was back on track as South Africa were given a place in the 4x400-meter relay final on appeal.

Pistorius, 25, thought his dream had come to an end when South Africa's second-leg runner Ofentse Mogawane fell on the bend after tangling with Kenya's Vincent Kiilu during the qualifying round on August 9.

However, Kenya were subsequently disqualified, prompting South Africa to appeal.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) accepted the appeal, giving South Africa a place in the final on August 11.

Pistorius became the first amputee runner to compete in the Olympic track and field competition when he ran in the 400 meters earlier in the week, reaching the semifinals.

August 9 was also a good day for Germany as Peter Kretschmer and Kurt Kuschela won the men’s canoe double, nearly two seconds ahead of brothers Andrei and Alyaksandr Bahdanovich from Belarus, who took silver.

Russia's Aleksey Korovashkov and Ilya Pervukhin won bronze.

Charlotte Dujardin from Britain won the gold medal in the individual dressage event at Greenwich Park.

Adelinde Cornelissen of the Netherlands won the silver and another Briton, Laura Bechtolsheimer, took bronze.

Eva Risztov became the first Hungarian swimmer to win an Olympic medal in the open water competition, when she took gold in the women's 10-kilometer race.

Haley Anderson of the United States took silver and Italian Martina Grimaldi bronze.

In women's boxing, American boxer Claressa Shields won against Russian Nadezda Torlopova in the middleweight final, claiming the only pugilism boxing for team USA at the London Olympics.

Ireland's Katie Taylor gave her nation something to cheer about when she defeated Russia's Sofya Ochigava in the lightweight class and won the gold medal.

Taylor defeated Tajikistan's Mavzuna Chorieva to advance to the lightweight final, leaving Chorieva to return to her home country with a bronze medal.

As of August 9, China has won the biggest number of medals, followed by the United States, Great Britain, South Korea, and Russia.

With reporting AP, AFP, Reuters, dpa
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