Usain Bolt has fulfilled his dream of becoming a ‘legend’ of the athletics by successfully defending his Olympic 100m title in stunning style at the London 2012 Games. Bolt was only fifth quickest out of the blocks but was quickly into his running and stormed to victory in 9.63, the second quickest in history and an Olympic record.
As the Olympic Games pass the halfway mark, the London 2012 Organising Committee has revealed it has welcomed more than five million spectators through the doors of its venues so far. The Olympic Park alone has seen more than one million visitors since the Games began, according to official reports.
As Saturday gets underway in the capital – when a total of 38 Olympic gold medals will be awarded – residents and visitors to London are also preparing for a dazzling weekend of free events in the capital for the London 2012 Festival.
The International Olympic Committee has announced an agreement with CBC/Radio-Canada to broadcast the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in 2014 and the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016. CBC/Radio-Canada, Canada’s national public radio and television broadcaster, has acquired the rights across all broadcast platforms, including free-to-air television, subscription television, internet and mobile phone in all languages.
Watched by 27 million British views, the Olympics opening ceremony was hailed a triumph across the country, but will Danny Boyle’s spectacular show resonate with oversees viewers and tempt them to visit Britain? A new poll by TripAdvisor reveals that 56 per cent of respondents believe the opening ceremony itself will have a positive impact on UK tourism.
Bradley Wiggins has written his name in history after becoming the first man to win the Tour de France and Olympic gold in the same year with victory in the Road Cycling Time Trial. The 32-year-old claimed his fourth Olympic Games gold and seventh medal in all, surpassing Sir Steve Redgrave with a British record haul of Games medals, in an imperious victory.
Michael Phelps has become the most decorated Olympian of all-time after claiming a silver and a gold at the Aquatics Centre. The American finished second in the 200m Butterfly - just behind South Africa’s Chad le Clos - to equal the record of 18 Olympic medals set by Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina in 1964.
Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, visited the Olympic Park earlier as it opened its gates to thousands of spectators for the Olympic Games. As well as meeting competitors in the Olympic Village, The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the Aquatics Centre, where they were accompanied by LOCOG chair Seb Coe and Olympic Development Authority chairman John Armitt on a brief tour, and met with Games Makers.
As the London Olympics 2012 gets underway, London’s streets are buzzing as thousands of tourists have descended into the capital, to cheer on their teams and enjoy the party atmosphere.