As it happened: London 2012, one year to go

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  • Events marking a year to go until the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games are being held
  • IOC president Jacques Rogge invited the world to London to celebrate the Games at an event in Trafalgar Square, and the design of the medals was revealed
  • The Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park in Stratford has been unveiled - Olympic hopeful Tom Daley made the first dive into the pool

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    Hello and welcome to the BBC's live text coverage as the UK marks a year to the day to the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. At Trafalgar Square this evening International Olympics Committee president Jacques Rogge will formally invite the world's athletes to London for the games, but there are events going on all day that we'll be covering live.


    Later on Olympic hopeful Tom Daley will make the first dive into the pool at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park in Stratford - it will be broadcast at 19:00 BST.

    1124: David Bailey

    tweets: #1yeartogo I'm really looking forward to cheering team #GBR at the Olympics in 2012


    London 2012 chairman Lord Coe says the organisers' plans are on schedule and the day is a "big moment" for the London 2012 Organising Committee.


    UK Athletics' head coach, Charles van Commenee, has expressed concerns in The Times (subscription required) that his squad members are "not ready". But, writing in the Daily Telegraph, Athletics Weekly's Jason Henderson argues "things could hardly be more promising" for Britain's track and field team ahead of next month's World Championships in South Korea, adding: "British athletes can hardly put a foot wrong".


    Nick Hope, BBC Olympic sports reporter, tweets: "The British taekwondo team have unveiled a countdown clock in the Seoul Olympic Park, in South Korea, to mark one year to go until London 2012."

    1138: Dan Sanderson

    emails: I applied for football tickets (as well as other events) during the first ballot, and I was unsuccessfully only to hear Lord Coe mention that there are thousands of football tickets left. I won't pretend to understand how that works. It's beyond me.


    Britain's swimmers are celebrating the year-to-go anniversary in Shanghai, China, at the sport's World Championships. UK users can watch live coverage on the BBC Sport website, with British duo Ellen Gandy and Jemma Lowe set to compete in the women's 200m butterfly semi-finals at around 1200 BST.

    1139: Gavin Bevis BBC News

    in Derby

    Most popular attraction at the One Year To Go party in Derby's Market Place appears to be the Hula Hoop stall, not yet an Olympic event as far as I know....


    An interesting fact for you - it's actually 366 days to the opening ceremony because 2012 is a leap year.


    Games organiser Locog is asking people to tweet the country they'll be supporting and their virtual stadium will "fill up" with the tweets.

    1143: Ian Ramsdale BBC News

    I'm reporting from the communities in each Olympic Borough for BBC London 94.9 today. Eleven-year-old Sam, from Newham, was on the breakfast show live at the Aquatics centre, saying he was "privileged" to be there. He's lived in a flat overlooking the Olympic Park all his life, but may move out before the Games. My next stop, a shop owner in Waltham Forest.

    1144: James Pearce BBC Sports News Correspondent

    tweets: "The Aquatics Centre is one venue where I wouldn't recommend the cheapest seats. You're a long way from the action in the top row."


    More proof that one-year-to-go fever isn't confined to London. Australian athletes in Sydney have been getting into the spirit by climbing aboard a traditional red bus - complete with rather less traditional kangaroo.

    London bus in Sydney

    Today actually marks a year to the opening ceremony not to the start of the games. The first Olympic sports start on 25 July 2012 with the football qualifiers in Cardiff.

    1153: Ian Ramsdale BBC News

    Very visible security around the Olympic Park site today. Just had my bags sniffed at by a police dog while waiting at Pudding Mill Lane DLR station.


    Who should light the Olympic Flame in 2012? A BBC 5 live poll saw Sir Steve Redgrave get more than 40% of your votes.


    Heptathlon world champion Jessica Ennis has told BBC Sport she is unfazed by her "poster girl" tag as one of the host nation's highest-profile medal hopes ahead of London 2012. Ennis said: "Next year I might be twitching in my chair a little because it will be so close [but] I hope that pressure will bring out a better performance in me."


    The 2012 Olympics in London will be the first summer Games to use "biological passports" to try to stop drug cheats. The BBC's science reporter, Matt McGrath, examines scientists' arguments that the passports are a "major step forward" and critics' claims they are a bureaucratic nightmare which "cannot stop the determined cheat".

    1201: Max Rostron

    tweets: still gutted that i didnt get london olympics tickets! stupid system if you ask me... :(

    1205: Tony McNulty

    (former Labour minister) tweets: @jowellt Tessa, doing great job defending Olympics and enthusing about a year to go - where are the Govt ministers who should be doing same?


    One of the highlights of proceedings in London's Trafalgar Square later today will be the unveiling of the medals which will be awarded at London 2012. Before getting your teeth into those, see if you take a shine to any of the medal designs from previous Olympic Games with the BBC News website's photo timeline. Is it us, or are the Winter Olympic medals the most striking?


    Quite a few national newspapers have published special pull-outs and guides to the 2012 Games. The Guardian looks at Britain's top 50 medal hopes and offers the chance for readers to suggest the 51st medal hope. The Mirror has a "One year to go" pull-out with a foreword from a confident Lord Coe, who writes: "So the million dollar question is 'will we be ready?' The answer is a most emphatic 'yes'." Simon Barnes writes in the the Times of his excitement at the prospect of covering the Games: "I hope we will be permitted to be frivolous again: to celebrate something wonderful and daft."


    Organiser Locog unveiled a unique aerial photo of the Olympic Stadium to mark one year to go to the Games. The pitch looks to have had a bit of a makeover to mark today...

    Aerial view of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium in east London

    Britain's leading gymnast Beth Tweddle, the uneven bars world champion, tweets: "Off to London! Check out the One Show live from Trafalgar Square."


    If you live in Barnsley and you're an Olympics fan there's good news... The council is giving away 68 tickets for the 2012 Games as part of the Newham-Barnsley Partnership, set up in 2008 to make sure Barnsley people are involved in the Olympics.


    Four BBC London correspondents have looked at how ready London is for the Games. They report on policing , transport, how ready the key venues are and how locals are feeling about the Olympics. and its legacy.


    The world governing body for equestrian sport, the FEI, is preparing to celebrate 100 years of horses at the Games when London 2012 comes to pass. The three disciplines of dressage, show jumping and eventing made their debut at Stockholm 1912 and all are still part of the Olympics. "The excitement in the run-up to the Olympic equestrian events at London 2012 is huge and the stunning location of Greenwich Park means we are at the heart of the Games," said HRH Princess Haya, President of the FEI.


    Nick Gillingham, a two-time Olympic swimming medallist for Britain in 1998 and 1992, is inside the London 2012 Aquatics Centre with BBC Radio 5 live's Shelagh Fogarty. "I feel like I'm in the belly of a whale - the seating goes literally sky-high. You're down there poolside feeling like a gladiator and the noise level will be huge at the Olympics," he says.

    1229: BBC News website reader Sue
    Photo: Olympic cake taken by

    "On Sunday 18th July 2011, I entered the cake competition at the 'Mayors Newham Show' and won 1st prize for my Olympic Stadium cake."

    1230: Gavin Bevis BBC News

    The London 2012 Olympic torch is on display in Derby's Market Place alongside torches from London 1948 and Athens 2004. Most observers seem to favour the new design - it's certainly the biggest of the three.


    While hundreds of Olympic hopefuls are making frantic preparations to represent Team GB at a home Games next year, the truth is that many will miss out as there are only so many places available on the team. British sprint canoeist Jonathan Boyton summed up the frustration an increasing number will feel in this tweet: "It's nice that GB Canoeing drop me from the World Championships squad one day before One Year To Go, so that the whole world is tweeting about the Olympics."


    Top British athletes past and present have come together in a special BBC Sport video celebrating a year to go before London 2012. You can also find a comprehensive guide to the names likely to star next year: Britain's top medal prospects in each sport, 50 of the best worldwide contenders, and a run-down of how strong Britain is in every Olympic sport plus a look at GB's main medal-table rivals.


    Keep an eye on the BBC News Channel for live pictures from events going on to mark today. The "newscopter" will broadcast aerial shots of the Olympic Park later on...

    1233: Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington

    tweets: One year to go until London Olympics!!!! Very exciting for the whole of Britain and for every sport involved! I can't wait!!!!

    1236: James Pearce BBC Sports News Correspondent

    tweets: "Lots from the Olympic Park in News at One on BBC One. I'll be live while local kids swim and Team GB synchronised swimmers do something special."


    Holiday Inn - the official hotel provider to the Olympic Games - will fly 100 staff to London from across the globe to greet athletes in their own language. The employees have knowledge of local customs, such as that in some parts of Asia it is considered rude to make eye contact and ensuring they kiss from right to left when greeting Hungarian participants.


    London Mayor Boris Johnson has set out what he thinks the benefits of the Games are to Londoners, including a \u00a32bn boost to the capital's economy, about 25,000 workless people securing jobs and \u00a330m being channelled into grassroots sport. "We are set to welcome the world for the best Games in history," he says.


    With the Olympic Aquatics Centre declared complete, all six permanent venues inside the park are now finished. Check out how they look in this sumptuous panoramic image of the Olympic Park.


    It's less than half an hour to go until events kick off at the aquatics pool. Lord Coe and IOC president Jacques Rogge will be there to see the British synchronised swimming team form a 'One' in the diving pool.

    1250: Dan Roan BBC Sports News Correspondent

    tweets: BOA chief executive Andy Hunt, Olympics minister Hugh Robertson, London 2012 chairman Lord Coe, Mayor of London Boris Johnson, IOC member Sir Craig Reedie, London 2012 chief executive Paul Deighton, BOA chairman Colin Moynihan and John Armitt, chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, form a high-powered welcoming committee for IOC President Jacques Rogge at the Aquatics Centre.


    BBC Radio 5 live's Shelagh Fogarty, inside the Aquatics Centre: "You don't see that very often. Off to the left we've got the Olympic mascot enjoying a group hug with the British synchronised swimming team."

    1252: Olympic diver Tom Daley

    tweets: Going to the Olympic pool to do some diving today :) will be live on BBC 1 at 7pm! I'm so excited!!! :)

    1252: John Blackley in London

    emails: Frankly, I've lost all interest in 2012 Olympics in London next year as my family (myself, wife and 3 daughters) all applied for tickets and got ZERO (like many others).

    1253: Martin Lucktaylor

    tweets: I'm sure I'll get shot down for this, but must admit to feeling very underwhelmed about the #Olympics next year... (ducks behind rock) #fb


    Olympic Games: Gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu says young people she has met are "not really interested" in London 2012. She says more must be done to get them excited and engaged.

    1258: Ldn_Ambulance

    tweets: We are celebrating #1yeartogo by holding a lunchtime Wii Olympics and doing Games-related activities. What are you doing to celebrate?


    Rob McCracken, the man in charge of Britain's amateur boxers, gives his year-to-go overview: "As well as the pressures of training, there is a lot of media attention on the boxers at the moment, but we've been helping them get used to this over the last few months - focusing on helping them deal with the publicity, as it's only going to grow. They're very professional for youngsters, they've travelled the world and they're not fazed by anything."


    BBC Sport's Lewis Wiltshire tweets: "Funny to think that a lad who was 11 when London was awarded the Olympics, Tom Daley, is now the superstar marking One Year To Go tonight."


    For the past year Sir Matthew Pinsent has been following the journey of 26 athletes from across the globe, all hoping to reach London 2012. He picks out the highlights of his first year's filming, starring Usain Bolt, Iraqi rowers and Britain's leading light in the NBA, Luol Deng.


    High-speed Javelin trains will take spectators from St Pancras to the Olympic Park in a matter of minutes. Olympics minister Hugh Robertson joined Lord Coe and former medallist Colin Jackson at the station this morning to make plaster casts of their feet. The casts will be included in an exhibition alongside those of visiting Olympic athletes.

    Hugh Robertson, Lord Coe, Colin Jackson at St Pancras station on 27 July 2011
    1317: Gavin Bevis BBC News

    Seventeen-year-old triple jump hopeful Naomi Reid has been showing off her skills in the middle of Derby's Market Place. "Don't get injured!" shouts one of her coaches, nervously.


    Sir Matthew Pinsent tells the BBC today is "very exciting, it gets the hairs on your arms standing up". Speaking at the aquatics centre, which has just been unveiled for the first time, he said the athletes would need to shut out the pressure to concentrate on the job in hand.


    Britain's synchronised swimmers are beginning their performance inside the Aquatics Centre.


    Olympic Games: Security is tight in central London ahead of tonight's ceremony in Trafalgar Square. Whitehall was closed on Wednesday morning to investigate a suspicious package.

    Police investigate suspicious package on Whitehall

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson on BBC Radio 5 live: "I think the Aquatics Centre is stupendous, it's the most incredible swimming pool I've ever seen. It's an incredible advertisement for what we can do and it looks good enough to drink, frankly, doesn't it? I'd get in, but it would be electorally counter-productive."


    That's one down - the much anticipated opening performance in the London 2012 swimming pool by Britain's synchronised swimmers goes almost without hitch... but was it the BBC cameras or the team who experienced directional difficulties?

    Synchronised swimmers form the number one in the aquatics pool

    British road and track cyclist Bradley Wiggins tweets: "One year to go to London 2012, but more importantly 11 months to go the 2012 Tour de France!"

    Wiggins has been advised by former cycling star Chris Boardman to focus on next year's Tour. "He has done the medal thing," said Boardman. (Wiggins won two gold medals at Beijing 2008.)


    Check out more pictures from inside the Olympic Aquatics Centre taken this morning by BBC News website photographer Emma Lynch.


    You can start to schedule how you'll watch the London 2012 Olympic Games online, using the BBC guide to what you will be able to see on the BBC website.

    1342: John Turner in Preston

    emails: Having lost out on tickets, we intend to take the week off and watch all the sports we like on television, from the comfort of our home.


    In a matter of moments, BBC Radio 5 live's Shelagh Fogarty will join other reporters in the opening swim inside the Aquatics Centre pool. There is a fear it may develop from a pleasant dip into a fully fledged race-off. Steve Parry, joining the conversation from the poolside at swimming's World Championships in Shanghai, urges Fogarty to "go for it and don't quit".

    1346: Rich in East Sussex

    emails: I commute to London on a daily basis from the south coast and I'm taking the entire Olympics as holiday. London struggles to cope with normal commuters on public transport as it is.


    It's not just Joe Public getting to see some of the London 2012 venues today. Prime Minister David Cameron has been taking a look at the beach volleyball site on Horse Guards Parade.

    David Cameron at the Olympic volleyball site

    Tom Daley, the teenage Olympian preparing to take the opening dive from the platform inside the Aquatics Centre later today, has tweeted his own photo of the newly completed venue.


    Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt tells the BBC News Channel: "Security is always something that's been top of our minds and the tragic events in Norway at the weekend are a reminder that you can never predict where the next threat is going to come from. But we have a fantastic police force with huge experience of dealing with counter-terrorisim. I'm very confident that we are as well prepared as we can be but we have to be vigilant."


    One year left means time is slipping away to get to know all the British medal contenders for 2012. BBC Sport's Jessica Creighton profiles six Britons who may not be big-name stars now but stand a strong chance of glory in a year's time, and a selection of global names to watch in 2012.

    1404: H in Inverness

    emails: I'm going to get as far away from the whole circus as possible. I don't even want to hear the "O" word. Three times now the Olympics will have been held in the UK and three times it will have been in London. London is NOT the be all and end all of the UK.


    Support for the 2012 Olympics is 'high' - that's according to a BBC London poll. Of the 1,000 people surveyed, 73% backed London hosting the Games, with 38% saying they felt "more positive" about the event now than in 2010.


    With one year to go until the start of the 2012 Olympics, School Reporters from Burlington Danes Academy investigated how things have changed since the first time London held the Games in 1908. Through School Report, the BBC is inviting every secondary school in the UK to get involved in reporting throughout the year, both on Olympic-related topics and other issues of interest to young people.

    1412: David Bond BBC sports editor

    "We always knew it would be tight to have the aquatics centre ready for today, but I am reliably told the aquatics centre was only finished six days ago."


    London Mayor Boris Johnson said the Aquatics Centre was the most "jaw-dropping" venue he had seen. He told the BBC News Channel that following events in Norway there had been questions over whether there would be implications for London but "that doesn't seem to be the case". He added: "But it's vital we never take our eye off the ball". He said he now had tickets for basketball and beach volleyball despite being unsuccessful in the initial ticketing ballot.


    Writing on his blog, Roger Mosey, the BBC's director of London 2012, says that his resolution for One Year To Go is to "stop saying that we're trying not to launch things too early - because now, with that celebrated clock ticking away, it really is time to start building the excitement".


    Newspaper reports this morning claimed senior anti-doping officials are keen to relax rules targeting the use of recreational drugs by competitors. However, British athlete Jeanette Kwakye has told BBC Radio 5 live she believes any relaxation of the rules would be the wrong approach.

    "I'm quite clear on this: drugs is drugs," said Kwakye. "If you are taking them as a professional athlete then you are not serious about what you want to do."


    Just a quick reminder of what's coming up later... at 19:00 BST Olympic hopeful Tom Daley will become the first to dive into the newly-unveiled Olympic pool. From 19:10 BST on events in Trafalgar Square begin, with speeches, a gospel rendition of The Clash's "London Calling" and the unveiling of the Olympic flag on the National Gallery. At 19:25 BST the design for the medals will be revealed - no doubt to a wide spectrum of opinion if the unveiling of Games' mascots Wenlock and Mandeville was anything to go by.

    1439: Ian Ramsdale BBC News

    Arriving in Tower Hamlets, my fourth Olympic borough today, I realised my mobile battery was low. Thanks to Richard, Jim and Barbara at Bethnal Green Library - they've let me plug in. Now chatting about the gridlock they're expecting on roads and rails next year: "Tower Hamlets are getting all the Olympic issues but not the perks."

    1444: Gordon Farquhar BBC Sports News correspondent

    tweets: "That was a first. Trapped live in a media scrum, with a BBC radio presenter dressed in a bathrobe, interviewing the President of the International Olympic Committee."


    Prime Minister David Cameron has been visiting the beach volleyball site at Horse Guards Parade. "I think that everyone involved has really played a tremendous part in getting us to where we are today," said the PM. "We're on budget, on schedule, all the major stadia have been built and completed, and I think that's a fantastic advert for British construction and for Britain. And let's be clear, we've got a year to go before the greatest show on earth comes to the greatest city on earth, in the greatest country on earth, and it couldn't be more exciting."

    1445: Caroline Cheese

    tweets: This wall-to-wall one-year-to-go-till-the-Olympics has only made me a bit disappointed that there's still a whole year to go. That's ages


    More than 40,000 people have worked on the Olympic Park since April 2008. The Aquatics Centre, unveiled today, will have a capacity of 17,500 during the Games. More than 850,000 ceramic tiles were needed in the pools, poolside and in the changing rooms.


    Aspiring Olympians - including Usain Bolt and Britain's basketball star Luol Deng - have told the BBC about what they are dreaming of for the coming year.

    1501: David Bond BBC sports editor

    IOC president Jacques Rogge tells me he is very happy with London's preparations. He says transport is the biggest concern but that he is generally optimistic. Adds that opening ceremony won't be undermined by lack of participation from British athletes.


    BBC News presenter Sophie Long is inspecting the waterways outside the Aquatics Centre at the Olympic Park. She says: "These canals haven't been in use for more than 50 years but they've been cleared up and barges are now using them to bring construction materials on-site."


    Dame Stella Rimington, the former head of British intelligence service MI5, tells BBC radio 5 live: "London is very used to large international events: royal weddings, international conferences and so on. The intelligence services are used to defending us all against threats - not that anybody can ever be complacent as there is no such thing as 100% intelligence. But I have every confidence that it is all going to go off wonderfully."

    1510: Sara Orchard BBC London Sport

    Didn't see anyone from The Guinness Book of World Records but I think I just did the first bomb into the 2012 Olympic pool!


    Speaking of the milestone, IOC President Jacques Rogge said: "One year to go is a special time for any host nation. It is the moment when the IOC invites athletes to attend the Games, when Olympic dreams start to come into focus, and when the world turns its attention in earnest to the city that will welcome it. I wish London well as it enters its final year of preparations and testing and I am confident that next summer this great city will once again do the Olympic movement proud."


    Think you're a bit of a quiz whiz? Then test your Olympics knowledge with these questions from Newsround - will you win a gold medal or be last to cross the line...

    1528: Tom in Belfast

    emails: I requested 5 sessions and did not get any. I have waited for 30 years to see the Olympics. I was excited when London got it. Now I realise it has a farcical ticket process.


    Royal Mail is to celebrate all 2012 Olympic gold medal winners with their own stamps. Pictured here is David Bond, the last surviving gold medal winner from the London 1948 summer Olympics - not to be confused with the BBC's sports editor...

    David Bond

    In an interview with BBC London TV, Prime Minister David Cameron offered his full support to Tim Godwin, the Met Police acting commissioner, and his assistant Cressida Dick, and said there would be regular meetings to log security threats and challenges ahead of London 2012. "I think it's vital that the Met doesn't skip a beat, doesn't miss a moment, in making sure we keep our city and our country safe," he said. On transport, he said: "When you've got millions of people coming to your capital city for a great event like this, there is going to be disruption. I don't want to hide that from anybody." The full interview will be broadcast on BBC One in London at 18:30 BST.

    1534: Fiona, in Falkirk,

    emails: The Games may be in London however they're everyone's Games and the football is a great chance to be part of this momentous occasion closer to home for those not in the capital. I'm in Falkirk and I can't wait! backing Team GB all the way.


    When the Olympics begin a year today there's no doubt ticket-holders will get to watch athletes in some of the most iconic sporting venues in the world. BBC Newsround has put together 10 images of the key venues.


    Almost half (44%) of businesses in London that took part in a survey believe more needs to be done to prepare them for any transport disruption during the Games. But the London Chamber of Commerce research also found 69% of the 162 firms surveyed thought the Games would have a positive impact.


    BBC presenter Jake Humphrey tweets: "If you're not in the UK, you can see our show from Trafalgar Square tonight at 1900 UK time anywhere across the globe on BBC World."


    For the first time in the triathlon's Olympic history Team GB has a realistic chance of not one but two medals at London 2012. Alistair Brownlee and his brother Jonny are the men to beat and the BBC's Kieran Fox went to meet them at a high-altitude training camp in St Moritz, Switzerland.


    Did you know... 15,000 athletes from over 200 countries will compete in the Games for 4,400 medals. With them in London will be nearly 10,000 team officials, more than 4,000 representatives and officials from the 26 Olympic and 20 Paralympic sports and more than 20,000 accredited members of the media. Phew.


    Thousands of people have joined an online campaign to get an elderly tramp in Bournemouth to carry the Olympic torch, according to Mail Online. It reports that Gordon Roberts, 82, has the support of 4,500 people on a Facebook group and they plan to nominate him as their "inspirational member of the community".


    The London Evening Standard's Jasmine Gardner says she was the first to try out the Olympic pool. Her verdict - it definitely has the "wow factor".


    With a potential global television audience of about four billion people, the Olympics will be a great opportunity to help put Britain on the map. Sandie Dawe, chief executive of national tourism agency VisitBritain says: "Some of our best known sporting venues, such as Wimbledon, Wembley, Lords, Hampden Park and the Millennium Stadium will host events, while iconic landscapes, buildings and parks - the Jurassic Coast at Weymouth, Greenwich, Windsor and Eton, Hyde Park and Horse Guards Parade will form the backdrop to the sporting competition. VisitBritain is committed to ensuring the tourism benefits are felt right across the country - before, during and after the main event."


    British rower Andy Hodge tweets: "So much buzz on One Year To Go. Feels like everyone is celebrating already! There is SO much work to do! What really counts with one year to go?"


    Preparations are well under way in Trafalgar Square for the one-year-to-go show. Only three hours hours until IOC chief Jacques Rogge officially invites the world to London for an event taking place next year. You may have heard a little bit about it today...


    British javelin athlete Goldie Sayers tweets: "Interviews galore down at Trafalgar Square. Check out the One Show later!"

    1610: Hugh Morley in Ashford, Kent,

    emails: Disappointed that I couldn't get tickets but I'm hoping to travel to London if I have the time and watch some big screen events. You won't have to be in the stadium to experience the atmosphere.

    1615: Ian Ramsdale BBC News

    Ruth, a Tower Hamlets resident, volunteer and gamesmaker applicant, tells me: "I'm just trying to get involved in a much stuff as I can." She'll be volunteering at the beach volleyball test event. That's four interviews from members of the community in the four immediate Olympic boroughs for BBC London 94.9. Now off to Greenwich to complete the set.


    Former GB badminton player and Athens 2004 silver medallist Gail Emms tweets: "The Aquatics Centre is like being in a whale... the roof is crazy! Gail in a whale... Hee hee!"


    BBC Sport asks: Who are GB's top medal prospects? A sport-by-sport overview of names in the frame to lead British hopes at London 2012, many of whom will be hovering in Trafalgar Square right this second ahead of the evening's festivities. Print the guide out and see how many you can spot later.

    1626: Anthony Ashworth, in Leytonstone, London

    emails: I applied to be a volunteer and have as yet to be interviewed but was informed last week that an interview could occur as late as next February. I've also heard that positions will be offered to those already interviewed from September so I'm worried that by the time we get to February my interview will be a mere formality and I won't get it. I'm a bit annoyed about the whole thing. Every time I went near the Stratford site I was being encouraged to sign up as a volunteer and because of that I didn't apply for tickets.

    Sam Oldham

    Inside Trafalgar Square is teenage gymnast Sam Oldham, a revelation at the European Championships in Berlin earlier this year and a dark horse for an Olympic medal inside the O2 Arena in 2012. He tells the BBC: "I get nervous at any competition, even if it's just a friendly. Being an elite athlete you have to know how to cope with nerves, but for me the nerves help a lot of the time."

    Britain's gymnasts are aiming to finish in the top eight at October's World Championships in Japan, which will guarantee the full team qualification for the Olympics.


    What made the headlines with a year to go to Olympic Games past?

    8 August 2007 marked one year to the Beijing Olympics. At the time, the BBC's top story was the fear that pollution could lead to some events in China being postponed.

    One year ahead of the Athens 2004 Olympics, on 13 August 2003, organisers unveiled the Games' mascots - Phevos and Athena.


    In the past few minutes, organisers in Trafalgar Square have been rehearsing this evening's BBC One broadcast - including the revealing of the medal designs. Anyone catch a glimpse?

    1638: James Pearce BBC Sports News Correspondent

    tweets: "This will be a good test of London's Olympic transport system. Leaving the stadium now. Hoping to reappear on BBC One at Six."


    Arturo Wallace, Colombian correspondent for the BBC World Service, writes: "Colombia is also celebrating the start of the one-year countdown towards London 2012. The 100 Colombian athletes that will take part in the Games will gather today in Bogota to mark the occasion. The sporting event currently occupying most Colombians' minds, however, is the Fifa U20 World Cup, which will kick off on Friday when England's national U20 football team takes on North Korea in Medellin."

    1642: Claire Heald BBC News

    "I'm at Trafalgar Square for this evening's celebrations. The stage is set - literally being finished off now, with a paintbrush. At the moment there are just a few tourists craning to see what's up. But later London will extend its 2012 invitation to the world."

    1646: BBC News website reader Sue Mason

    "I took the photo on 14 July when we did the Blue Guide walk to the Olympic Park. It was taken on The Greenway, Stratford, East London, as you walked from the View Tube/Pudding Mill station, with the Stadium on your right, going towards a viewpoint up the canal/river towards the Handball Stadium. I was rather pleased with myself for spotting it in the hedge!"

    Photo: Sue Mason

    BBC Radio 5 live's Aasmah Mir speaks to British track cyclist Ed Clancy, a member of the gold medal-winning team pursuit squad inside Beijing's Laoshan velodrome three years ago, in Trafalgar Square.

    "It's been talked about a long time - even before Beijing people were talking about London," says Clancy. "It's this big, mythical dream but it's becoming real all of a sudden and it's time to go. Going in as defending champion in front of your home crowd there's a little bit of pressure, but there's pressure at every race. It's nothing new and I'm sure we'll handle it well."


    James Bracey, a reporter for Sky News Australia, on a potential battle between Britain and Australia in the 2012 medal table: "There's always a hidden challenge between the Aussies and GB, and deep down, the Australian Olympic Committee would love to finish fourth in the medal tally. That's a huge ask - almost ridiculous, per capita, to even ponder it."

    1657: Ian Ramsdale BBC News

    After reporting from all five London 2012 Olympic boroughs today, my overall feeling is that your average Londoner is not yet that excited. The one year barrier, to most, means nothing. Of course there are many exceptions, but I didn't overhear or notice people mentioning "in a year's time" in the places I visited or on London's transport network in between. Give it 365 days, and I bet it's all people will be talking about.


    One sporting superstar who may not make it to London 2012 is American gymnast Nastia Liukin, the reigning all-around champion from Beijing 2008.

    "It's starting to all get real," Liukin, who took time away from gymnastics after her Olympic win, told The Associated Press. "It's like, 'All right, you've got to figure everything out, because it's exactly a year.' It's a little overwhelming trying to make that decision.

    "For the past three years, my lifestyle has changed dramatically. To go back to training seven hours a day, six days a week, would be a little hard. But whatever I decide to do, I have to accept that."

    1700: British Transport Police

    tweets: 80% of spectators will travel to Games by rail with trains arriving every 13.8 sec. Our planning is well underway with #1yeartogo

    1704: BBC News website reader

    emails: No one will be able to get to London for the Olympics - the current transport infrastructure in and around London can barely cope with the current demand let alone with all the extra people there for the Olympics.


    An aide to London mayor Boris Johnson says it's too late for Wales to complain about a lack of Olympic events in Wales. It follows criticism from First Minister Carwyn Jones that Wales did not have a bigger role in the Games. But Guto Harri, the Conservative mayor's Welsh communications director, said: "It's a bit late to complain that not enough has been distributed to Wales isn't it, because we have more or less settled these things for years."

    1709: GB Synchronised Swimmer Lauren Smith

    tweets: Just on way back from swimming in the London Olympic Pool and met Wenlock :) Amazing Pool! #1yeartogo


    Did you catch the BBC London Olympic Debate with Jeremy Vine? If not there's still a chance to catch up with what happened when an audience of Londoners quizzed 2012 boss Lord Coe and London Mayor Boris Johnson.

    1714: JustConnie

    tweets: Stratford is looking too packed already, I don't even want to be in east London when Olympics are going on next year


    "What should a British Olympics look like and stand for in the second decade of the 21st century?" asks BBC sports editor David Bond, writing on his blog. "As Lord Coe told me: 'It is now for people to decide what they want out of this'. That process starts now," he writes.

    1726: Merseyrail Help

    tweets: Trains taking spectators to the 2012 Olympics will arrive every 13.8 seconds... #1yeartogo


    Away from London, events are under way to mark the milestone. In Washington, Chris Keay, representing the British embassy, holds the torch as runners begin a ceremonial run from the Canadian embassy to the British embassy.

    Chris Keay holds the torch as runners begin a ceremonial torch run from the Canadian Embassy to the British Embassy to mark one year until the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games in Washington
    1732: Mayor of London Boris Johnson

    tweets: Last interview for now. Number 20 with ITV London. Absolutely fantastic morning at the Olympic Park #1yeartogo


    Just in case you were wondering, there are 399 days to go until the Paralympic Games, which begin on 29 August 2012.

    1736: Alex Thompson III

    tweets: One year until London Olympics! Can't wait, tickets for diving and tennis at No1 court! #excited


    Trafalgar Square is rapidly filling with crowds of people who will be treated to music, BMX-biking and dancing. IOC President Jacques Rogge will deliver a speech officially inviting world athletes to London for the Games.


    Speaking to the BBC News channel from Trafalgar Square, London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "Just look at the atmosphere in this square today with over an hour-and-a-half to go until the ceremony - and the Olympics isn't for a year. People are very excited."

    1742: Dekan Apajee BBC London

    Crowds already filling up Trafalgar Square. Hundreds have gathered from all nations, some carrying flags from their home countries. The party is about to start!

    1743: Dekan Apajee BBC London

    The Olympic torch has arrived (not lit) with Olympic 110m hurdler Andy Turner doing an improv photo call.

    1745: Simon Cockbill, Bow, London,

    texts: I'm listening to Radio 5 and just had to text in to comment about the perceived negative views of London 2012. I don't know anyone who is negative about it. I can't wait. I love all sport, watching and playing, I think we're doing a fantastic job.


    Keep an eye on the BBC News channel over the next few hours for a bird's eye view of Trafalgar Square as the "newscopter" takes flight...


    BBC London's full interview with David Cameron is now online. The PM says Scotland Yard must not "skip a beat" in planning security for London's Olympics and the Metropolitan Police was "perfectly capable" of investigating allegations of phone-hacking at the News of the World as well as "keeping our country safe".

    1753: David Chamberlain

    tweets: Just done an Olympic sport aptitude test on @nhschoices and I'm most suited to "board sports" apparently.


    The big question of the day is what the 2012 Games medals look like. We won't know until 19:25 BST when they're unveiled for the first time, but the BBC has been looking back at the different medals winners and runners-up have received over the years.

    1802: joannavos

    tweets: London 2012 e-mails bragging about how ace Olympics will be in a year. Every other note from them said "you've not been successful" - cruel!

    1803: Friends of the Earth London Campaigner Jenny Bates

    emails: Air pollution causing problems for Beijing has been remembered (at 16.35), but don't we need to do much more to cut air pollution to ensure that Britain isn't fined by the International Olympic Committee for failing to bring its air pollution within legal EU limits in time for 2012?


    A year is just enough time to get to grips with some of the key problems still facing the British team for 2012 - such as, should the national anthem be longer?

    Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton thought so last weekend and British fans will want to hear plenty of it at London 2012. The BBC's Clare Spencer has spoken to composer Phillip Sheppard and Michael Bristow, author of National Anthems of the World, to discover how long an anthem should be.


    Russia's pole vault star Yelena Isinbayeva has told the BBC Russian Service she believes London 2012 is "the beginning of a new story for the Olympic movement".

    But Isinbayeva, the 2004 and 2008 Olympic champion, says she will not visit London before the Games.

    "I think it's better not to do it. It's more interesting when you go to Olympics with some kind of imagination. That's why I don't want to see the stadium or take the route from the Olympic village to the stadium well in advance. I'm waiting for new impressions in 2012 and I don't want to break the dream."

    1813: Claire Heald BBC News

    Rehearsals are well under way here at Trafalgar Square. Among the acts on-stage tonight will be Parkour Generations, with Alex Pownall here practising their free-running moves on the fountains. They say their sport is free, healthy and open to all - and want to use the Olympic year to promote it.

    Boris Johnson is also here so it must be nearly showtime. 366 days to 2012. "They're always handy," he says of the leap year's extra day. Tonight? "We need to thank everybody for what they've done so far but remind them how much more they need to do."


    British swimmer Gemma Spofforth says her journey to London 2012 almost ended this week, as she contemplating quitting the sport having lost her 100m backstroke world title at the ongoing World Championships in Shanghai.

    "It was a huge decision to make overnight. A lot of thought went into it. I didn't get much sleep," said Spofforth. "But I decided this morning that it's 100% commitment from hereon in."


    British 400m runner Andrew Steele tweets: "I had to do a TV interview for Spanish television - in Spanish! My answers were not at their most eloquent."


    Here's a picture taken by the BBC "newscopter" above Trafalgar Square in the last hour showing the crowd gathering ahead of the event.

    Trafalgar Square ahead of the Olympic event on 27 July 2011

    Diver Tom Daley, who will take a ceremonial opening plunge off the London 2012 Aquatics Centre platform shortly, tells BBC News: "I can't wait to get up there and try it out. Imagine what it's going to be like here in a year's time - the stands go up for miles."


    BBC Radio 5 live travels to Sheffield's Ponds Forge centre, home to members of the British diving team. Sheffield also hosts the British boxing, volleyball and table tennis squads, and the city will host a number of international Olympic teams in the run-up to London 2012. Many of the sporting facilities in the area were built for the 1991 World Student Games, and there was controversy over funding for their construction at the time - but BBC reporter Andrew Fletcher says Sheffield is beginning to see the legacy.


    British hockey player Hannah Macleod tweets: "Popped along to the Olympic party in Trafalgar Square. As if I needed to get any more excited about London 2012!"


    British sprint prodigy Jodie Williams, who took the women's 100m and 200m junior European titles at the weekend, is inside Trafalgar Square. "It's that much closer and an amazing day," says the 17-year-old. "I woke up this morning with a smile on my face. One year to go is such a short amount of time. I'm putting all my effort into making sure I am there."

    1846: Claire Heald BBC News

    The circus has come to town. Trafalgar Square is packing out with crowds, 2012's political and sporting faces and Arabesque, two circus performers booked to entertain the crowds. They get a good view across the thousands here to the main stage, but what do they think of the coming Games. "It could have gone to a city that needs the money more," says performer Zahara O'Brien. She sees a tension that while only a true world city is likely to get the chance to host the Olympics, perhaps it's the less affluent cities, she suggests Bradford, that could do with the injection of cash in an economic downturn.


    British javelin athlete Goldie Sayers tweets: "There are more nerves flying around from the athletes waiting to walk on stage for the One Show than the Olympic Games! May be funny..."


    Our live programme from Trafalgar Square celebrating one year to go until the London Olympics is beginning on BBC One now.


    "In exactly 12 months today, the eyes of the world will be on London," announces Sophie Raworth, on-stage in Trafalgar Square, introducing the show.

    1902: James Pearce BBC Sports News Correspondent

    tweets: "I'm in Trafalgar Square. Jacques Rogge will formally invite athletes of world to assemble in London next year. No turning back now!"


    British cyclist Ed Clancy tweets: "OK people. I'm gonna be on the One Show in about 20 minutes. I fancy doing something daft on air. Any suggestions?"


    Cheers as the cameras go to the Aquatics Centre where Tom Daley is waiting to make the first five into the pool. He says the pool looks "absolutely incredible" and, in response to the cheers, he says: "I'll probably need new ears by the time it comes round." He says he's nervous but excited about the dive, which will be an inward one-and-a-half somersault pike.


    Beautiful - the Olympic gold medal hope completes a textbook dive into the Olympic pool. If he does as well as that next time it will hopefully be gold for Britain\u2026


    Daley describes the atmosphere for the first dive as "great" and says he can't wait until next year.


    Daley, shouting over the screams of his fans, adds: "It's great to think that that's what it's going to be like next year. It's just incredible, the amount of cheers and stuff. It's going to be awesome next year. That dive is one you'll see in the synchronised competition I'll hopefully qualify for next year. I've just got to keep training, keep focused on the job at hand and hopefully the whole country will be supporting all of the GB athletes."


    The IOC president Jacques Rogge makes his way to the stage to address the crowds. He's joined by young gymnasts from Bromley and flag-bearers from around the world.


    Chris Snode, a former diving competitor for Britain at the Olympics, tells BBC Radio 5 live: "What Tom produced there was called a 'rip entry'. That means you make a tearing, ripping sound as you go through the water." Asked what score he would award Daley, Snode jokes: "That would be a 9.5 - his hair was out of shape as he took off."


    Prime Minister David Cameron: "This is a great night for London, a great night for Britain."


    "On 6 July 2005, a dream was born when the International Olympic Committee awarded the 2012 Games to London," says IOC President Jacques Rogge. "The world's finest athletes began dreaming of competing in this magnificent city. As in 1908 and 1948, they knew they would be coming to the nation that invented modern sport and the concept of fair play.

    "Today, their dreams come closer as we invite 202 national Olympic committees to the 2012 Games. The athletes will be ready, and so will London."


    The Clash's "London Calling" rings out as the Olympic flag is hoisted on to the side of the iconic National Gallery building. What a sight.

    The Feeling step up to the mic with a rendition of "Heroes" as Trafalgar Square bathes in sunlight and blue skies.


    Boris Johnson, cramming a seven-syllable word into the first line of his speech, addresses London and the world. "We have a new monument, in this city, to the indomitability of London," he says.

    "My friends, I give you the Olympic clock. No sooner had this masterpiece been installed than it unexpectedly packed up but we got it going again, didn't we? Then it was attacked by a horde of hooded crusties protesting something-or-other. And still that clock ticks on. Nothing, and no-one, is going to stop us in our work of preparing London for the greatest event that has taken place in this city for the past 50 years.

    "See you in London in 366 days time!" Is the snappy conclusion to the Mayor's animated speech.


    It's an awe-inspiring sight in Trafalgar Square as the Olympic flag is hoisted on to the National Gallery.

    Olympic flag on national gallery

    Jonathan Edwards sounds the horn inside the Aquatics Centre to herald the beginning of an unlikely encounter in the pool. Former swimmer Mark Foster coasts to victory against fellow ex-athletes, followed about a minute later by one-time javelin thrower Tessa Sanderson, a gold medallist in 1984, determinedly bringing up the rear.


    They've been strictly kept under wraps until now - but here is the first look at the dazzling designs for the London Olympic Games' gold, silver and bronze medals...

    London 2012 Olympic medals (silver, gold, bronze)

    And here it is, a closer look at the medal every athlete will want to get their hands on next summer...

    London 2012 Olympic gold medal

    Next year more than 2,100 Olympic medals will be presented at 302 Olympic victory ceremonies in more than 30 venues over 16 days of competition.

    1933: Gordon Farquhar BBC Sports News correspondent

    These ceremonial moments are very significant for the IOC. They remind people that this is an international event. We host the event but it's the IOC's event, it's their show, these are their ceremonies we go along with.


    The medals will go into production later this year at the Royal Mint's headquarters in Llantrisant, South Wales. The design and designer of the London 2012 Paralympic medals will be announced by the team later this year.


    "It's a year's wait, and a lot of hard work, before any athletes can get their hands on these medals," says BBC presenter Jake Humphrey as our special programme concludes.

    1935: Claire Heald BBC News

    The London 2012 medal is the biggest Summer Olympics medal to date. It is 85mm wide, 7mm thick, and London medals will weigh 375g-400g each, although Locog has not yet said where gold, silver and bronze come within this bracket.

    It is not the biggest-ever Olympic medal, however, as the winter ones for the most recent Winter Olympics in Vancouver 2010, Turin 2006 and Salt Lake City 2002, are all bigger in at least one measurement.


    More on the medals unveiled by the Princess Royal... They were designed by British artist David Watkins after a panel of experts decided his creation "clearly defined the arrival of sport and the Games in London". The artist said: "It is exciting to think that the finest athletes in the world will be wearing my medal design next summer. Its key symbols juxtapose, front and back, the goddess Nike for the spirit and tradition of the Games, and the River Thames for the city of London. I hope the medal will be enjoyed and treasured as a record of great personal achievements in 2012."


    Here's a picture of Tom Daley diving into the Olympic pool earlier.

    Tom Daley dives into the Olympic pool on 27 July 2011

    Our Olympic medals timeline, which looks at medals from Olympic Games spanning more than 100 years has now been updated with the 2012 gold, silver and bronze.

    1941: Claire Heald BBC News

    Huge, whooping cheer from the crowd in Trafalgar Square when Tom Daley's first dive at the Aquatics Centre was relayed live on the big screens. So if the crowd can go wild when the sporting action isn't even competitive, the volume will be something next year...


    Locog boss Lord Coe said of the medals: "I hope that seeing the design of the London 2012 Olympic medals will be a source of inspiration for the thousands of athletes around the world who are counting down the year before they compete at the greatest show on earth."


    IOC President Jacques Rogge said the medals would be a fitting reward. "It is the pinnacle of a sporting career to become an Olympic champion but I am confident that receiving one of these medals will make it all the more special in London next year," he said.


    After safely completing his dive Daley described the diving pool as "cold" but believes the atmosphere in the 17,500 capacity arena will be "awesome".


    The design for the reverse of the medals contains five main symbolic elements, according to the designer:

    • The dished background suggests a bowl similar to the design of an amphitheatre.
    • The core emblem is jewel-like and a metaphor for the modern city.
    • The grid brings both a pulling together and sense of outreach on the design - an image of energy that represents the athletes' achievements and effort.
    • The River Thames is a symbol for London and also suggests a fluttering baroque ribbon and adds a sense of celebration.
    • The square is the final balancing motif of the design, emphasising its focus on the centre.

    With all the talk about the legacy of the Games, Channel 4 News takes an interesting look at what has happened to the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing since 2008.

    1951: Claire Heald BBC News

    in Trafalgar Square

    The medal moment. For this self-confessed Olympics Geek who has made a whole timeline of them, I was looking forward to seeing what people think. Crowd enjoying quite a serious moment. A fanfare, Seb outlining their UK make, London design and all round British pedigree and a proper Royal, Princess Anne, to show them to the nation.

    1952: Dekan Apajee BBC London

    Not much excitement from crowd when medals unveiled... and now a bit of an anti-climax as the show ends... anyone know what's happening now? Crowd starting the long journey out of Trafalgar Sq. Big queues.


    Tom Daley tweets: First dive in the olympic pool!! That was fun! Can't wait for the olympics now.


    Just to give you an idea of the size of a gold medal, here's one next to a 20p piece.

    Olympic gold medal

    London Mayor Boris Johnson's Trafalgar Square speech is now online in full. He pays tribute to the "indomitability" of London and says the city will be ready to welcome "the world's finest athletes to the greatest Games that have ever been held".

    2005: Matthew Pinsent

    tweets: Whoa - who is the Daddy? check out the gold medal size London 2012 vs Sydney 2000. Bad photo - they are both gold!

    Matthew Pinsent's medals

    Some of Britain's best-known Olympians, including Duncan Goodhew, Roger Black and Tessa Sanderson raced in the new Olympic pool to mark one year to go until the start of London 2012. The race was perhaps unsurprisingly won by Olympic silver medallist Mark Foster who fought off a gallant swim from former 400m runner Jamie Baulch.


    Catch up on the full story of the medal unveiling and the rest of the day's events in our latest news story.

    2012: Claire Heald BBC News

    The overall sentiment is one of excitement. It doesn't seem to dissipate the further they have come from to get to London. People from the Olympic borough of Newham, to Stoke on Trent, to St Helens, to Ottawa - most say the one-year-to-go landmark has come rushing up, that they can't wait for the Games, that London and the rest of the UK should embrace it.

    2015: Hannelore in Chigwell, Essex

    emails: I did participate at the Opening Ceremony in Munich. As a rhythmic gymnast (German champion in group gymnastics) I carried the sign of Guyana. I can only say what a day it was and a fabulous experience. I was happy to get some tickets at the draw. I can't wait. Good luck London!

    Princess Anne, Lord Coe

    Princess Anne was a surprise choice to unveil the London 2012 medals. The full unveiling is now online.


    Carl Lewis, the American track and field athlete who won 10 Olympic medals, including nine gold, tells the BBC News Channel: "I'm very excited, it's a very exciting time, not just for me but for everyone. I will be in London, you will see me everywhere." He was positive about Team GB's chances, saying: "I think Britain will probably come away with more medals than it has ever had." And he had a message for those still in Trafalgar Square tonight: "Party on!"


    What did you make of the design for the London 2012 Olympic medals? Plenty of people have been commenting on our main news story - why not add your thoughts?


    We were waiting for a great picture of Tom Daley's dive - and here is just that. Look closely and you can see the sheer focus in the young diver's eyes. Pretty spine-tingling.

    Tom Daley's dive at the Aquatics Centre
    2035: Matt Roebuck

    tweets: The traditional back design, front appears to be 2012 brand on top of a game of pick up sticks - big though!

    2040: Marshall Manson

    tweets: Absolutely loving the London Olympic medals. Classicism and modernity coexisting, just like London.

    2042: Dominic Gilham

    tweets: I am loving the look of the #london2012 Gold medals can we get more than the 19 in Beijing?


    IOC president Jacques Rogge says security at the 2012 Olympics is top priority. "I was personally an athlete in Munich 1972 so I know what we felt at that time," he says. "The IOC has put it as its number one priority. It is always the work of the IOC and the public authorities along with the experts to work on this. The experts have told us that the arrangements are in place so that everything that is humanly possible has been done and they are satisfied with the preparations."

    2047: Husain Al Tamimi in Dubai

    tweets: The London 2012 Olympics Omega countdown clock in Dubai. One of 20 similar clocks around the world.

    Photo: Husain AlTamimi

    Olympic sporting action continues apace this coming weekend, led by Britain's athletes competing for places at next month's World Championships in a series of trials beginning on Friday at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium.

    Two Olympic test events take place at the weekend: the canoe slalom course at Lee Valley, in Hertfordshire, and the mountain bike course at Hadleigh Farm, in Essex, are both under scrutiny with top British stars in action.

    There are two major World Championships taking place: in Shanghai, Britain's swimmers will continue their quest to add to Rebecca Adlington's 400m freestyle silver medal, while the BMX Worlds are being staged in Denmark.

    And the European Championships of modern pentathlon, a vital Olympic qualification event in a sport which comprises fencing, swimming, show jumping, running and shooting, run from Thursday to Sunday in Kent.


    Mr Rogge went on to send his condolences from the world of sport to Norway's prime minister following last week's attacks. He says the killings "shocked me". "Sport is about young people and when you see the innocent victims - they are the same age categories of the athletes at the Olympic Games," he says. "I believe that Norway will continue to keep its traditional values of openness, transparency and democracy."


    Well we're going to wrap our live coverage now. Thanks for joining us. It's been an eventful day - here are some images of the highlights. In exactly a year's time the opening ceremony of the Games will be in full swing. Hope you can join us for that. In the meantime, make sure you keep up to date with the latest news on the Olympics by visiting the BBC's official London 2012 website.


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