London Anniversary Games day one as they happened

Live coverage as Usain Bolt wins the 100m in 9.85 seconds at the London for the Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium.

26 July 2013 Last updated at 21:33 GMT

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  1. 2215: 

    Saturday's action begins with the men's long jump at 1400 BST and concludes with the men's 4x100m relay featuring you know who at 1650. See you then.


    Sam Hopkins: I swear Usain Bolt has to be a robot he's that good.

    Monkeyius: Could have been a world record if Usain Bolt decided to start the same time as everyone else.

    Amarjit Makh: Lightning from Bolt never tire of seeing the legend! Now countdown to World Championships.

  3. 2207: 

    A fitting way to sign off the night, but if you thought that was it for the fun and games you'll be pleasantly surprised to learn we're going to do it all again on Saturday. What's more, you'll be treated to a glimpse of Mo Farah and Jess Ennis-Hill. Oh, and another sighting of Usain Bolt. Happy with that? Thought so.

    Mo Farrah
    Jessica Ennis
  4. 2204:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveUSAIN BOLT
    Usain Bolt

    "If I'm in good shape I always think I'm going to do well. My start was poor and I need to work on that. To make a perfect race I need to make a good start and just get in to the race. Hopefully I can make a good time at Moscow and continue to do well."

  5. 2203: 

    Great Britain's Dwain Chambers: "He [Bolt] is phenomenal. I've been in this sport a long time and it amazes me to see someone like him compete. I was happy with my performance tonight, I'm always striving to get under 10 seconds but I've still got two weeks to prepare for the World Championships."

  6. 2202:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Olympic 4x100m relay gold medallist Darren Campbell on BBC Radio 5 live: "That first 30m, Kim Collins got out very well but you could tell that Usain Bolt was on it - he got out and thought: 'I'm not going to drive anymore and just ran the show'. I don't think he fears anyone, technically he had a poor race. He had a terrible start but he knows that people have to run a perfect race, he can make 10 mistakes and still win."

  7. 2200: 

    Bolt is now busy working the crowd and they're loving it. Not sure it's so sensible to launch your running spikes into the stands, but the fans seems enamoured by the idea. After all, what's a spike through the hand if you get hold of Usain Bolt's shoe? A fun - and potentially painful - end to a thrilling evening.

  8. 2156: 

    Usain Bolt tells BBC Sport about his 100m victory: "I felt great, I'm so excited to be here again. I had a bad start it's not the best part of my game but I did ok. It's so wonderful to compete in London, it's a brilliant experience to be here again. I'm just so happy to be here."

  9. 2153: 
    MEN'S 100M

    Mike Rogers takes second in 9.98secs and Kim Collins third in 9.99. Not bad for a 37 year old. Dwain Chambers takes fifth in 10.10. Bolt celebrates as only he can, but the disappointment of James Dasaolu's withdrawal lingers. Hopefully they'll meet in Moscow.

  10. 2151: 

    Poor start, great middle, unstoppable last 30m. He's still some way off top form, but it's a season's-best 9.85secs for Usain Bolt.

  11. 2150: 
    MEN'S 100M
    Usain Bolt

    He's dancing, he's prancing, he's working the crowd, he's standing proud. It can only be one man, the fastest man on the planet. No, not Dwain Chambers... it's Usain Bolt. Lane five for the best sprinter of all time. Listen to the roar... DEAFENING. To his right is 37-year-old former world champion Kim Collins and compatriot Nesta Carter, the fastest man in the world this year. And then Chambers.

    Aimee Lewis, BBC Sport at the Olympic Stadium

    "Flashbulbs popping like fireflies as the fastest man in the world makes an appearance. Usain Bolt hasn't been announced to the crowd yet but every one of the 60,000 spectators know the great man is on the track. Here goes."

  13. 2147: 

    Olympic 4x100m relay gold medallist Darren Campbell on BBC Radio 5 live about James Dasaolu pulling out of the 100m: "I don't want to slam the guy because I've just tried to find out what's gone on. He's losing money by not running here, he won't receive the money he should have got. From what I've been told he's focusing on Moscow and won't risk anything in case it messes up his chances in Moscow. The problem is, come Moscow you have four rounds in two days."

  14. 2146: 

    All eyes on Usain...

    Usain Bolt fans
  15. 2145: 

    Bohdan Bondarenko has failed in his attempt to break the high jump world record but he takes the win to extend his Diamond League lead.

  16. 2141: 

    Big blow for Dasaolu, the fans and the event organisers. The Briton has run quicker than Usain Bolt this year, but there will be no showdown tonight. We've not had explanation as yet. Such a shame.

  17. 2139: 

    It's a US one-two as Symmonds leads in Duane Solomon.


    "I came here on the tube and I've had a great night of track and field, it was lovely to see 60,000 people coming in to a stadium and seeing it being full, as it will be over the next three days."

    "It's personal for me, we have fought long and hard to keep the track in the stadium. We are a great track and field nation and it's all about promoting the sport. It's lovely that we have so many young kids in the stadium tonight, we have to hope they go get the bug and go and join their local athletics club."

    "The way we see ourselves and the confidence that has really been engendered in the country, I do think we've almost emerged back to normal. It's a new normal, more people are doing things than they were doing before the Olympics began."

  19. 2137: 
    MEN'S 800M

    Two Brits to watch out for in the men's 800m - Mukhtar Mohammed and Michael Rimmer. Ireland are represented by Mark English.

    Aimee Lewis, BBC Sport at the Olympic Stadium

    "The crowd gulp as the stadium announcer informs them that Ukraine's Bohdan Bondarenko is aiming for a world record in the high jump. A wall of sound hits him as he prepares for the run-up - and then groans ripple around the stadium as he the bar tumbles. Oh well, the anticipation was exciting."

  21. 2132: 

    Erik Kynard bites the dust to leave Bohdan Bondarenko out on his own attempting to clear 2.47m, which would set a new WORLD RECORD.

  22. 2131: 

    Kirani James on his 400m victory: "I keep thinking I'm just representing my country, making everyone proud and reaching the best of my ability. That's what we've been doing all year just getting ready for the World Championships as it's a big one."

  23. 2125: 

    The 20-year-old 6ft 3ins powerhouse looks even better than he did 12 months ago, gobbling up track for fun and wearing the look of a man who knows he's probably going to win gold in Moscow next month. The time is 44.65secs, with McQuay second and Jonathan Borlee third. Levine sixth.

  24. 2124: 
    MEN'S 400M

    You could throw a blanket over James' likely rivals, with just two hundredths of a second separating Saudi Arabia's Youssef Masrahi and American Tony McQuay (both season's bests of 44.72), Kevin Borlee (44.73) and Olympic silver medallist Luguelin Santos (44.74) this year. The truly in-form man is Belgium's Borlee whose 44.73 - the fifth-fastest time in 2013 - came on last Sunday in Brussels. Nigel Levine - Britain's sole individual 400m representative in Moscow - and Conrad Williams fly the GB flag.

  25. 2121: 
    MEN'S 400M

    London 2012 champion Kirani James earned his Grenadian countrymen a national holiday by winning the Caribbean island's first Olympic medal last year. With arch-rival LaShawn Merritt absent this weekend, James can take a big step towards more silverware in the shape of the Diamond League title. He has the two fastest times in the world this year, including a best of 43.96secs, and will take some beating, especially given that he and the absent Merritt have run the top nine times in the world this year.

    Steve Cram, BBC Sport athletics commentator

    "This four have run well as a team and worked well as a unit. That's the quickest time for a British team since 2002. It would have been nice to see the Dutch challenge them but it was a very, very impressive victory for the Brits."

  27. 2121: 
    Ashleigh Nelson

    GB women's 4x100m relay team after securing the first home win of the night:

    Dina Asher-Smith: "The crowd were just sensational, we really pulled it together as a team today and it's great to see how we performed as a team."

    Ashleigh Nelson: "We were saying that's the quickest time we've ran in a while, we've not ran together much so it's exciting to see we have the potential to go faster."

    Anyika Onuora: "We didn't have a team in the Olympics but tonight we went out and we proved that the women's 4x100m can do the business."

  28. 2120: 

    Jason Gardener, 2004 Olympic gold relay medallist, on the recent positive drug tests in athletics: "It's extremely disappointing and it's a shame because it takes away from all the good things of sprinting, the likes of Usain Bolt and the incredible young talent we have coming through like James Dasaolu has to be the focus tonight.

    "You can either put life bans out there and make it a level playing field, the general public 60,000 people here tonight want to see world class track and field and the powers that be need to put new rules in place to make sure the sport is respected."

  29. 2119: 

    This men's high jump is something else... Bondarenko and Kynard going toe to toe, matching each other blow for blow. They both skipped 2.31m in favour of 2.34m... and cleared it first time. On we go, the crowd in raptures.

  30. 2110: 

    Very encouraging from the home girls - 42.69secs is the fastest time by a British team in 12 years.


    More of your favourite London 2012 memories:

    Cath: Grainger and Watkins winning their gold medal at Dorney and being there to cheer them on.

    Lewis Wilmott: Being a Games Maker and seeing first dress rehearsal for the Opening Ceremony. You just knew it would be perfect.

    Ian Blinkhorn: Touching the hallowed turf of Lords during the Archery. 12 different sports watched and Archery was the most entertaining.

    Keep them coming using the #bbcathletics hashtag.

  32. 2109: 

    The men's 100m is drawing ever closer and that means the eagerly-anticipated face-off between Usain Bolt and Britain's James Dasaolu. Didn't think we'd be saying that a month ago. That's at 2148 BST. Before that, the women's 4x100m relay, men's 400m and men's 800m.


    Double sculls Olympic rowing champion Anna Watkins: Can't help grinning cos I'm in the Olympic park and I can see the lights on in the stadium again.

    Paula Radcliffe, Marathon world record holder and BBC Sport expert, on the women's 1500m

    "The personal race technique of Mary Cain went out of the window. It wasn't to do with a lack of a pacemaker, she just looked so nervous and didn't know what she was doing. She ran a terrible race until the last 150 to 200m where she seemed to wake up. Hopefully she'll get better with experience."

    Aimee Lewis, BBC Sport at the Olympic Stadium

    "First, flashbulbs light up the stadium, then fireworks explode into the evening sky and now the floodlights are at full beam. There's a certain je ne sais quoi about a sporting occasion played out on a floodlit evening. There are 20,000 fewer spectators here than there were during the Olympics, but the noise they generate is still at an ear-splitting decibel. The volume is cranked up for Robbie Grabarz, but the Brit fails with his third attempt at 2.28m."

  36. 2103: 
    Robbie Grabarz

    Bad news for Britain's Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz - he's out of the high jump after three failures at 2.28m and will finish fourth. Only Ukraine's Bohdan Bondarenko (who enters the fray at 2.28m and clears it first time) and Erik Kynard remain.

  37. 2100: 

    A meeting record of one minute 58.20 seconds for Martinez. The American absolutely blitzed that as Britain's Marilyn Okoro fades badly in the home straight. Not a great night for the host nation so far.

  38. 2100: 

    Jamaica's Warren Weir after winning the 200m: "I can't complain it's been a brilliant year. I'm looking to go in the mid or the low 90's at Moscow, it is good for the sport and I'm sure everyone is looking forward to some fast times."

    On whether he could push fellow country man Usain Bolt close: "We're making baby steps and if it comes it comes, anything is possible."

  39. 2059: 

    In his third and final attempt at 2.24m, Robbie Grabarz creeps over the bar. He lives to fight another day but with far less comfort than Erik Kynard of the USA, who has enjoyed a clear path to 2.31m.

    Donovan Bailey, double Olympic champion, BBC Radio 5 live, on men's 200m

    "If anyone has had an amazingly successful 2012-13 campaign it is Warren Weir. He's having an amazing season and will definitely be on the podium in Moscow. He's run consistently all year round and the gold medal seems to have a home already but Warren is definitely in line for the silver."

  41. 2049: 

    The Jamaican talents just keep coming... Warren Weir waltzes through the men's 200m in 19.89secs with barely a bead of sweat on his brow. Compatriot Jason Young is second (19.99secs) and American Wallace Spearmon third. The top Brit is Richard Kilty in seventh in 20.57secs, with James Ellington and Delano Williams eighth and ninth respectively.

  42. 2049: 
    MEN'S 200M

    Now then, who fancies a spot of men's sprinting. It's not the men's 100m - that's an hour away and boy is the excitement building - but the 200m is not a bad second. Olympic bronze medallist Warren Weir of Jamaica, fastest man in the world this year, is the star attraction. Then come flying Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre and Wallace Spearmon of the United States. For Britain? Turks and Caicos convert Delano Williams and Londoner James Ellington. Enjoy...

  43. 2041: 

    The time is an unspectacular 4:08.78 and it was a messy race. The Brits didn't particularly cover themselves in glory, either. Kenya rules the waves. Laura Muir was the top Briton in ninth place.

    Allison Curbishley, BBC Radio 5 live commentator on the women's 1500m

    "We're going to see a fairly close run race, there's no pace setters and we'll be looking to names we haven't possibly heard on the Diamond League before like Morgan Uceny who had a terrible time at the American trials. I'm really looking forward to seeing the new find Mary Cain run, she came second in the American trials and that is what's helped her to qualify for the World Championships."


    Throughout the evening we want to hear your favourite London 2012 memories:

    Connor Towes: Working as a games maker, sneaking into closing ceremony wearing a kind and amused Ukrainian athletes' jacket and flag.

    Deepak Tailor: Being one of the performers in the opening ceremony. Never forget it. Unforgettable experience.

    Stephen Green: Being let in without a ticket and ending up seeing the 'golden hour'.

    Keep your thoughts coming via the #bbcathletics hashtag.

  46. 2037: 
    WOMEN'S 1500M

    No Hannah England in the women's 1500m - she's busy training for the World Championships - so British hopes rest with Laura Muir, Emma Jackson and Josephine Moultrie.

  47. 2036: 

    Yarisley Silva, Cuba's Olympic silver medallist, has risen to the challenge in spectacular style to beat Olympic champion and world number one this year, Jennifer Suhr, in a high-quality women's pole vault. Silva soared to a Diamond League record 4.83m to take first place from Suhr (pictured below in the evening sunshine).

    Jenn Suhr

    British Athletics: Newly crowned European Junior Champion @emeliagorecka was 9th in a SB 8.55, with Twell 13th & @KateAvery12 14th (9.02 PB).

  49. 2033: 

    The Anniversary Games will raise more than £9m for British Athletics, according to the governing body's chief executive Niels De Vos. British Athletics has been without a main commercial backer since their £8m-a-year deal with Aviva ended last December.

    The appearance of athletes like Usain Bolt, who entered the arena on a giant rocket, helped ensure the Games were sold out. "The Anniversary Games will generate us about £9m through sponsorship and ticket sales, so this event is really important for us," he said. "It's helped us get through a year after the Olympics where people traditionally pause for breath."

  50. 2026: 

    A world-leading effort of 8mins 41.46secs from 28-year-old American Shannon Rowbury, who crosses the line just before our coverage switches from BBC Two to BBC One. Very thoughtful of her and we'd urge you to follow suit. Britain's Eilish McColgan, daughter of former 10,000m world champion Liz, comes through ninth in a personal best of 8mins 53secs.

    The 3,000m takes place
  51. 2025: 

    As the women's 3,000m gets under way - featuring home hopes Steph Twell, Kate Avery, Eilish McColgan and Emelia Gorecka - Robbie Grabarz begins his high jump campaign with a first-time clearance at 2.16m. It hasn't been a great year for the Newham and Essex Beagle, but what a time this would be to return to his Olympic bronze medal form.

  52. 2018: 
    Perri Shakes-Drayton

    Shakes-Drayton, remember, failed to qualify for the Olympic final 12 months ago despite high hopes. She's bounced back impressively this year and the Londoner will go to Moscow full of confidence next month.

  53. 2015: 

    Perri Shakes-Drayton after running a personal best to come second in the 400m hurdles: "I've run my best, what more can you ask for? It's going well, I've got the World Championships coming up, and it's going to be fun. I did well - it was just that last little bit. I need to get stronger but that will come.

    "I've got big support from the British people, the turn out is amazing. It's really emotional at the minute, I learnt from the experience of last year.

    "I've come a long way from then and everything happens for a reason. But I'm coming, the PSD is coming. I can definitely better that in a few weeks time, I need to prepare well but there's more to come."

    Steve Cram, BBC Sport athletics commentator

    "This is the first time I've really seen Perri attack a race in this way, she attacked it hard. It's good to see that Perri had a go at that, in the form that Hejnova is in it was always going to be difficult. Hejnova hurdles better, but I think Perri will be happy with that, we're talking a personal best and a medal at the worlds."

  55. 2006: 

    Perri Shakes-Drayton flies into an early lead and, roared on by the sell-out crowd, the Londoner maintains it until the home straight. Ear-splitting noise! But here comes 2013 sensation Zuzana Hejnova, winner of all of the previous four Diamond League races this season. PS-D is slowing up... Hejnova is speeding up... the Czech storms to the line in a world-leading 53.07secs to win the women's 400m hurdles Golden League title. Shakes-Drayton is not far behind in a personal-best 53.67secs. Impressive.

  56. 2005: 

    How crazy would it be inside this stadium if a home girl was to win the women's 400m hurdles? We're about to fine out. Here comes Perri Shakes-Drayton of Bow. Shakes-Drayton won the corresponding race last year when the event was staged in Crystal Palace, and she claimed her fifth British title earlier this month to add to her two European Indoor golds on the flat during the winter.

    Denise Lewis, Former Olympic champion and BBC Sport expert

    "This full stadium shows the appetite there is for sport, it varies county to county but where I live there is a groundswell of kids enjoying their sport. They want to be involved and they want to participate, that's legacy."


    So three days of action coming up from the Olympic Stadium, here's what some of you are looking forward to:

    Ollie K: Has to be the 100m with Bolt!

    Ryan Bailey: 100m hurdles with Jess Ennis-Hill.

    Let us know what you're looking forward to with the #bbcathletics hashtag.

    Aimee Lewis, BBC Sport at the Olympic Stadium

    "Who'd have thought 60,000 supporters could be so silent only minutes after being whipped into a frenzy on the introduction of the sprinters for the 100m B race. All nine men competing were Brits which perhaps explains why the crowd got themselves into such a tizz.

    "Hush as the starter called his orders before the thunderous noise returned, propelling Adam Gemili to victory - a nose ahead of Moscow-bound Harry Aikines-Aryeetey. Off trot the showmen. Hurdles now being placed around the track."

  60. 2002: 
    Adam Gemili (left) wins the 100m B race

    Adam Gemili on his win in the 100m B race: "The atmosphere is exactly the same as when I came last year and to compete here is the best feeling in the world. It was a tight one and my reaction wasn't brilliant tonight, running the 200 at the worlds was the target so I could become more versatile and less event specific so it was good to come here and open the legs and get ready for Moscow."

  61. 1954: 

    Harry Aikines-Aryeetey bursts out of the blocks and dominates the middle of the race too. But back comes Adam Gemili to force a photo finish... Aikines-Aryeetey is off celebrating... only to see Gemili awarded the win with a season's best of 10.20 seconds. In fact, Harry A-A takes second and Mark Lewis-Francis third.

  62. 1953: 

    Here's a guide to the best events coming up in the next couple of hours:

    2004 - Women's 400m hurdles - Britain's impressive Perri-Shakes-Drayton

    2009 - Men's high jump - GB's Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz

    2046 - Men's 200m - Britain's Delano Williamsand James Ellington

    2056 - Women's 800m - British champion Marilyn Okoro

    2121 - Men's 400m - Grenada's Olympic champion Kirani James

    2148 - Men's 100m - Usain Bolt, Nesta Carter and James Dasaolu

  63. 1952: 

    There are huge cheers for Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, but the loudest of all is reserved for Adam Gemili - the only one of these eight who appeared at London 2012.

  64. 1950: 
    MEN'S 100M B

    We're a couple of minutes away from our first big moment of the night - the men's 100m B featuring Britain's Adam Gemili and Mark Lewis-Francis. In fact, all eight starters are home hopes.

  65. 1946: 

    BBC Two are joining you on the journey down Nostalgia Boulevard with a spectacular montage of the London 2012 opening ceremony. I still can't believe the Queen parachuted into the Olympic Stadium...

    Queen Elizabeth parachuting into the Olympic Stadium

    "This year I wanted to run as fast as possible and hopefully to break the world record. But it's been an up and down season so far, so I hope this will put me right on track to run really fast at the World Championships.

    "At the national championships my 100m time could have been quicker but my aim was just to qualify for the World Championships. Since then I've been working really hard, I've done solid training for the last two-and-a-half weeks and I feel in good shape.

    "My confidence is really high and I am ready to run fast. I don't really worry about times but I know I'm now in great shape. I'm going to run fast and hope to break the record. My agent says I'm under-performing at the moment, so I have to step it up."


    Paul Thompson: Seb Coe's speech at the end was an inspiring moment. To have the world's best athletes back at the Olympic Stadium is a joy.

    Rach: Hi-5'ing Bolt, Blake & Weir after the 200m final!!!! Absolutely incredible, will never ever forget it.

    Steve Bear Daye: Will be nice to see some repeat performances as good as last year. Bolt, Farah and Ennis-Hill are all competing this weekend.

  68. 1942: 

    "They are great memories for me. It was a wonderful experience here. The number of people who were always in the stadium, even for the heats or the semi-finals.

    "Beijing was different and it's difficult to compare the two. In Beijing people's minds were blown [by what I did] and it was my first Olympic experience [as a medallist], but in London people expected me to do well. I had to stamp my class on the event.

    "Running in London is like competing at home for me because there are so many Jamaicans here. It's always good to feed off the crowd and enjoy it."

    Usain Bolt
  69. 1941: 

    As Bailey alludes to, Bolt was addressing the media on Thursday about all things from drugs to his unspectacular from this season. He's a taste of what the self-proclaimed living legend had to say...

    Donovan Bailey, Double Olympic champion, BBC Radio 5 live

    "I think that we need to be celebrating the great things that Usain Bolt has done on the track, the best thing about yesterday was Usain addressing the drugs issue and telling the world that he is clean so we can concentrate on the running."

  71. 1937: 

    As mentioned earlier, there's lots of scepticism swirling around athletics a the moment. The subject of drugs has reared its ugly head once again. It's an issue the BBC Radio 5 live team have been discussing at length and you sense this event needs to be a spectacular success to get the sport back on track.


    More of your favourite memories from the Olympic Stadium...

    Ed Shires: Finally getting tickets to get in and watch the Paralympics - Hannah Cockroft's gold medal was awesome.

    Gary O'Brien: Favourite memory of being in the stadium was seeing David Weir win 1500m gold with a few of the USA Paralympians.

    Jack Pilkington: Has to be 'Super Saturday' never been so proud to be British than on that day.

    Get involved using the #bbcathletics hashtag.

  73. 1930: 

    Live coverage of the Anniversary Games, the London Grand Prix, the 11th Diamond League meet - call it what you like - on BBC Two right now. Gabby Logan is your host for the evening.


    We asked for your favourite memories from London 2012, so here are a few to get us started...

    Danny Harding: The opening ceremony was a tribute to Great Britain

    Megan Ahern: Seeing David Rudisha break the 800m world record

    Stephanie Siu: Super Saturday of course. Jess Ennis' face, Mo's face, Greg's face. Amazing.

    Keep your thoughts coming using the #bbcathletics hashtag.

  75. 1929: 

    Before we get carried away, it's worth pointing out that the field action is already under way. The women's pole vault started at 1855, with Sally Peake flying the flag for Great Britain. Well, she was... the 27-year-old Birchfield Harrier fails to clear 4.20m and that's her event over. Better news for another Welsh athlete as Brett Morse, 24, is fourth after two rounds of the men's discuss with a throw of 64.48m. Piotr Malachowski leads with 67.04m.

    Mike Costello, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "When we finished on Super Saturday we sat looking at each other thinking did that really happen? That along with the 1966 World Cup is one of those moments that you're lucky enough to say I was there."

    Donovan Bailey, Double Olympic champion, BBC Radio 5 live

    Donovan Bailey speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "From an organisational standpoint, London 2012 was one of the best Olympics I have ever been to, the competition was phenomenal and seeing Usain Bolt, Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis hit that level was phenomenal."

  78. 1915: 

    Be sure to get in touch with your thoughts and predictions on this weekend, and of course your memories of London 2012. More than happy to take a trip down Nostalgia Boulevard. Tweet us using the #bbcathletics hashtag or pop us a text message on 81111 (UK).

  79. 1911: 

    BBC Radio 5 live are up and running with their coverage from inside the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with Mark Pougatch currently chatting to Donovan Bailey, Steve Backley, Allison Curbishley and Darren Campbell. They'll be on air until 2200 BST today, 1200-1800 on Saturday, and 1200-1300 and 1430-1930 for the Paralympic event on Sunday.

    In terms of TV, your port of call should be BBC Two from 19:30-2030 and BBC One from 2030-2200. On Saturday, it's BBC One from 1330-1715.

    Or you can follow absolutely everything right here on the BBC Sport website, mobiles and via the BBC Sport app.

    Aimee Lewis, BBC Sport at the Olympic Stadium

    "Thousands of fans begin to slow clap and when the thunderous noise reaches a crescendo, six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt appears - standing on top what has been described as a rocket-ship, whatever that is. It's a formidable-looking metallic rocket on wheels, flames blowing out of the rear and Bolt dancing on a custom-built podium, waving the Jamaican flag. Let the party begin."

    Usain Bolt
  81. 1901: 

    "I have to work even harder to help the sport. Now I'm even more focused and ready to go and do better and try to inspire people and to show people that it is possible.

    "I'm clean but you have to be very careful as an athlete because right now there are a lot of things on the banned list. You have to keep up to date with this kind of thing. It's kind of hard, but that's why you have a team to make sure.

    "I get tested all the while. I got tested the day before yesterday. It's just part of the routine.

    "I've broken every record there ever was to break since I was growing up. It's not a surprise that I'm breaking world records because I've been doing it since I was a junior.

    "I want to explain to people that 'this is just me'. I run fast because I have a talent and was put on this Earth to inspire a lot of people."

  82. 1859: 

    It's impossible to get away from the fact that this sport has been on the ropes of late. Veronica Campbell-Brown, Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson all testing positive for banned substances in recent months did not do wonders for its credibility. But in times of trouble, who better to save the day than the fastest man ever to set foot on earth?

  83. 1845: 

    Talking of spectators, it will probably come as no surprise to hear that all 120,000 seats available for this two-day bonanza sold out in just 75 minutes. There was a time when some would have chuckled at the idea of athletics being the hottest ticket in town. Who's laughing now?

    Aimee Lewis, BBC Sport at the Olympic Stadium

    "A year on since the dazzling opening ceremony, the Olympic Park now resembles a building site. Mounds of earth have replaced what was once lush grassland, gone is the Basketball Arena, so too the hockey stadium and the temporary stands on Zaha Hadid's aquatics centre. But while those structures have gone, one thing remains the same - the Olympic spirit.

    "Thousands of spectators are forming a river towards the Olympic Stadium; mums and dads with their children, teenagers, businessmen. Many taking pictures in the sunshine, everyone smiling as they prepare to wish London 2012 a very happy birthday."

  85. 1835: 

    And what a party it promises to be. Over the next 48 hours, no fewer than 12 Olympic champions will strut their stuff in sunny Stratford. Usain Bolt? Yep. Mo Farah? Tick. Jess Ennis-Hill? Check. And that's before we even mention Sunday's Paralympic event. Welcome to the 2013 London Grand Prix - Diamond League meet number 11 of 14 - and a special weekend.

  86. 1830: 

    It was the Olympics that took a lifetime to arrive but the blink of an eye to pass. A fortnight of unprecedented glory and celebration for the British nation. So many of us wished the festivities could go on forever - 74% of us would welcome them back - and the culmination of events brought unavoidable sadness. But 348 days, 8346 hours and 30 minutes on from the London 2012 closing ceremony, it's time to come out of hibernation. The Anniversary Games are here. Let the party recommence.

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