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What makes television what it is, is its mastery of the moving
picture. But sometimes, what doesn't move at all, can be moving.
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And here it is again, the connection between the moving and
the still. The fastest mover of them all, the captured instant.
What a fantastic journey it has been. Over the next couple of hours
or we will reflect on some of those are Olympic moments in moving form
and hear from Mo Farah, Sir Steve Redgrave, Denise Lewis,
Gebrselassie, and the Prime Minister is joining us for his
assessment of London 2012 and what happens next. Great Britain ends
these Olympics with a medal tally these Olympics with a medal tally
we could only dream of. A tally of 62 medals. 28 gold medals among
them, more than any in the last century. Third place in the medal
table is secure. Or we were 4th in Beijing. How can we make sure this
Sir Matthew Pinsent has been investigating.
In Atlanta, 1996, Steve Redgrave and I were the only gold medalists
13 GB. 16 years on, haven't things changed? They are going quicker and
quicker, Great Britain have won the gold. Be it is going to be a
glorious win for Great Britain. It is gold! We have more
professionalism, more coaches, talent identification is amazing.
But the main thing that has changed is the amount of cash in British
Olympic sport. The National Lottery started a Olympic funding in 1997
and the Return was instant. 11 gold medals in Sydney and a similar
amount in Athens. Once London was chosen to host in 2012, no amount
of money knocking around increased even more. �235 million the Beijing,
264 million, the amount spent on these Games. We have had more
resources for London because what we have committed to is to fund
every Olympic and every Paralympic sport. So not only those sports
that have medal potential, but those sports that have not achieved
entry to the Games, which has given them a fantastic platform.
Hopefully to attract more youngsters into a broader range of
sports as a result. The sports that had the most unsurprising lead
performed the best. Cycling, sailing and rowing are at the top
of the funding list. Money means medals. We Investment, more sports
can achieve more medals, which is what we have delivered. What
delivers gold medals at the end of the day our athletes that have the
talent and the ability. Seb Coe, Steve Ovett, Daley Thompson. Those
people would have succeeded with a without funding. But there are
those, like Mo Farah, without the current set-up might have drifted
away and never really done what he has now been able to do so. He has
been able to tap into resource and knowledge, which has been provided
through funding. What do you would deep pockets by you? The best
coaches, facilities and the most professional approach. Nothing is
left to chance. But if you take, you are going to have to give back.
What is the future for those sports that have underperformed on home
soil? A few of the sports that have not done well will be having
discussions after London. And there will be some sport won't get to Rio.
We still think we can do it, but we have got to change the way we do
things. The no compromise approach we have taken has been really good.
It is clear, not funding for everybody, but funding for the best.
The question is, when the venues empty, the crowds disappear and the
lights go out, can it ever be this good again? It will be a tragedy if
we did not continue to invest will stop other countries will and we
will fall back. We have done brilliant. We have set the bar very
high, why should we accept the only way is down? John Major started
this with the lottery in 1994. His legacy is clear and plain. He was
the Prime Minister at the time and that is the kind of back-up Lee
Mead from our Prime Minister and the Government now. To say, this
has been fantastic and we will continue to invest. Le the sports
keep on delivering. My aim as sports minister is to make sure UK
Sport have the same amount of money for the Rio's cycle as they did for
London. These people are massive role models. It will inspire other
kids to have a go in the future. And we have got to provide the same
sort of support to those kids that we have provided to these people
The Prime Minister is here to answer some of those questions.
Good morning. Good morning. An amazing tally of gold medals, 28.
At the Opening Ceremony, what did you think was possible? It's has
been an extraordinary few weeks, it has lifted the country and brought
people together. I am very proud of what everyone has done, from the
athletes, the police service, the military and the Games makers, the
volunteers and everyone involved. We came 4th in Beijing. A country
of 60 million people, you up against Russia, Germany, China,
India. Coming 4th, I thought was amazing. I thought holding on to
fourth place would have been a challenge. But we have produced
this extraordinary result. We did put in a lot of money. I know you
saw quite of the Olympic venues and experience those men did -- moments,
any particular favourite? It has to be Mo Farah last Saturday and last
night. An incredible performance. Just to be there, you felt you
wouldn't want to be anywhere else at any other point in time. It was
a magic moment. And Nicola Adams, the boxer. I was there for her
semi-final, it was very special. The first time we have had women's
boxing at the Olympics and an iconic British woman who will be a
fantastic role model. So the question we have to ask, what
happens to elite sport now? You have made an announcement. I am
very clear. What has happened since the lottery has worked. John
Major's legacy is secure. The lottery has transformed the way we
formed a lead sport. The �125 million of funding, that will
continue every year up until the Rio 2016 Olympics. Normally
governments fund programmes have won a two years before. But this is
worthwhile because it helps to deliver those medals. It is only
two more years because the Treasury funding was guaranteed until 2014,
2015. You have given them another two years. But it is vital because
they can plan all the way between now and Rio. I was talking to Ben
Ainslie about this. He said it is so important sailors can go to Rio
and practice were they can go and compete. I think sport UK, Sue
Campbell and those people have delivered a system that works. We
will go on backing it. It is welcome news, but two years in the
life of elite sport is not a long time. Shouldn't we be thinking more
ambitiously and coming up with the longer turn strategy? I hope I will
be the Prime Minister in 2016 and we will make the decision for the
next four years. But the decision is, when I became Prime Minister,
the elite sport programme wasn't fully funded up until the 2012
Olympics we have just had. One of the decisions I had to make was to
make sure it was funded. We don't know how long he will be Prime
Minister, but you could set the tone in saying, our ambition is for
a long-term strategy and you have not done that. I cannot think of
any reason why any Government would change this strategy, it works. It
has delivered the 2012, it can deliver for 2016. There is no was
some shin this would change. Because we have returned lottery
funding to good courses, sports, arts, there will be more money
through the lottery generally over the next five years. So the money
will be there for anyone in the future to continue to expand this
elite sports programme. This is what the athletes have asked for,
delivered up to 2016, and I think it is a very good thing to do.
about difficult decisions on how you spend money on a lead sport.
How it divides up the cookie. What about sports that have
underperformed likes winning, which had a target of more medals than it
ended up with? It is vital Government ministers don't make
these decisions. The reason we have professional sport bodies like
sport UK, is for them to make those decisions. They will be having
tough conversations with the difference governing bodies because
they have his policy of trying to funds by results. It does not mean
if you do badly you automatically don't get the money, but you have
to prove you are learning the lessons. If you look at cycling, I
am not an expert, but it seems they have just applied the most immense
amount of science and expertise to this area. I'm sure everyone will
be looking at the most successful sports and ask what they can learn.
You have come out with plans about earlier in the training, we have to
think before we get to the elite sport level. How important
competitive sport is, and that seems to be at the heart of what he
wants primary schools to be doing. Shouldn't you put the focus on
high-quality, physical education in schools? Competitive sport is
important, that is what the Olympics is about. It is
competition which inspires people. We need to look at what is working
in schools, and what is not working well enough. Two out of five
primary-school children are playing competitive sport within schools,
and less than that playing competitive sports with other
schools. There are children who can be alienated from competitive
sports. Mo Farah's all P teacher said if you expose children who
were not ready to competitive sport, you can put them off sport for life.
Up to the age of 11, sport's should be there and after. They should be
part of the team learning about working as a team, and learning
about losing as well as winning. It is character-building stuff. The
arguments some people make his competitive sport does not belong
in a primary school setting. I don't believe that. I watch my son
playing football and there is an under 18, and under 10 team. They
like playing sport and make this What was the role -- what was wrong
with a target of two hours of sport in school? The activity could have
been things like dance routines, but schools felt it if they had met
that target, that was enough. The point is, if you don't want a
system where a school thinks, I have done two hours a week, I have
done my bit. I think it was limiting and restricting. We are
putting �1 billion in, over five years, into youth sport. To make
sure that competitive sport is in the curriculum. Those two things
will make a difference. I am also announcing today that Seb Coe, who
has made this game is a success, is going to be my legacy ambassador,
on how to make the most economically from the Games, how to
win the contracts in terms of the next Olympics, decisions on future
funding in sport. He will be helping to advise us. This was
always the legacy Games, we want the Games on the basis of planning
for a strong legacy. At the moment, it is just a blueprint, it is a
question of the effort you make. There are lots of things which have
already been done. We are at the start of the journey of building a
legacy. We are some way down the track. 5,000 schools have formed
partnerships with local sports clubs, 1000 sports facilities have
been upgraded. We have lost school playing-fields, do know how many of
those could be safeguarded for the local community? In the last two
years, 21 school playing fields have been sold, 14 because the
school in question had been closed, four because of school a mile
commissions. The other three were about getting funding for sports
facilities. If you look at the detail, it doesn't stack up. Could
those playing fields be safeguarded for community use? Absolutely, that
is why we do not allow schools to sell playing fields, that is the
position of the government, it has to be an exceptional circumstance.
What we want to seek his more playing fields available to schools.
A big part of the future is linking up schools with local sports clubs.
Way and kids get competitive sport at the local village club,
organised by volunteers, with teams, hundreds of children taking part in
competitive cricket and football. These clubs are in real key, one
way to secured the legacy of the Games. You say we are already
securing the legacy, but you cannot be heartened by figures on
participation. Only six of 31 funded sports are showing an
increase in participation. It is only running and cycling doing well.
There is no level of complacency. We haven't just invented legacy
this week, the whole thinking of the government which bid for the
Games macro and this one, it is about securing legacy. Whether it
is about making sure that this amazing Park does not become, like
some previous Olympic parks, covered in Tumbleweed with unused
facilities. We do not know who will use the stadium. Almost all of the
eight major venues are secured. The Aquatics Centre, that has a totally
secure a future. 800,000 people, nearly one million people, will use
it every year. I am confident in saying this park will be a
fantastic place for Londoners to live, work and play. Even though
there is no permanent tenant? will be sorted out relatively
rapidly. A fantastic facility, football clubs are vying to be its
tenants. I was in the Athletes' Village, that will be an amazing
house into element, people will be queuing up to live in it. It has
transformed this part of London. Going back to these figures on
participation in sport. The theme of these Games has been, inspired a
generation. But as a nation among 16-24 year-olds, -- participation
among this group, that is the focus. That is why Seb Coe will be
advising me as legacy ambassador. To transform people's thinking
about sport, that is important. There is no complacency in
government. The thinking of legacy didn't start last week, it has been
at the heart of these Games. Legacy is vital. It is a huge opportunity.
My own children have been inspired by the past few weeks. We are in
the final few hours until the closing ceremony. What do you think
this experience has taught us about who we are in Britain? It has been
a massive self confidence boost. We can all feel we don't just have a
great past but a great future ahead of us. I have been struck by the
number of people, athletes, visiting prime ministers, who say
these are the best Games they have been two, a confident country which
has produced something superbly well done, on budget, on time. The
sense of voluntary spirit which has come from those Games makers has
completely inspired people. We can make our wake in a tough and
competitive world. The reality is that tomorrow morning, we are
reminded we are in a severe recession, this country is not in a
good place economically. We do face a tough economic situation, I do
not belittle that at all. These Games show, if you work hard enough
at something, plant something, if you are passionate enough, you can
turn things around. That is a lesson you can take from these
Games. Prime Minister, thank you. Now, if you've just joined us, it's
a quiet morning of Olympic Sport. The main event of the morning is
the marathon before 11am, here on BBC One. So we're taking this
opportunity to reflect on the past fortnight, and the highlights of
London 2012. Overall, it's been an impressive performance by British
Olympians, though the athletics total was two short of chief coach
Charles Van Commenee's target of eight track and field medals.
Nevertheless, there were four gold medals for Great Britain, and many
other moments that helped light up champion. The moment of truth has
arrived. There goes Usain Bolt, he is going
to win the gold! The champion becomes a legend! The brilliance of
for Britain. Christine Ohuruogu it is coming,
will she make it? Christine Ohuruogu, a sterling effort, to get
striding away to become the Olympic champion. That is the world record,
he smashes it to pieces. The only man to have defended the
Olympic 200 metres title ever. He is kicking again, Mo Farah is
going for it. It is a gold medal! champion.
Jessica Ennis is the Olympic champion, best all-round athlete in
the world. Come on, Mo Farah, the Mo Farah is
going to make it two gold medals for Great Britain, beautiful.
Have you ever seen anything like We have had so many fantastic
moments in the stadium, thanks to those athletes. Denise Lewis, you
are watching from your ringside seat. Can I ask you to choose a
highlight, there are probably so many. No, you cannot. If I have to
try to pick one, it is impossible. The freshest one is Mo Farah, his
double was sensational. I have run out of superlatives. Truly sublime.
It was amazing, not only did he run tactically really well. But, the
way he'd almost dominated, mentally, he had a physical presence at the
start of the race which I have never seen him do before. He got
the crowd going, he responded to them. Psychologically, he won that
battle from that moment on. Jessica Ennis and her heptathlon
gold, that must have meant a lot you personally. The pressure she
has had to deal with, leading up to the Games, in the months and years,
has been immense. She has conducted herself so well. That is the mark
of a true champion, who can work under such intense scrutiny and
still deliver a performance. We felt it was on, from the moment she
stepped onto the track. To deliver that hurdles race, it was majestic.
She was part of that first Super Saturday. Overall in British
athletics, we didn't get to the target of eight medals, a shame? Or,
do the four gold medals make up for it? He going into these
championships, we thought maybe there could be made the two of gold
medals. We have superseded our expectations,
as a sport. The target, it is there as a guideline to Kara Goucher but
you cannot put a measure on what we have experienced as a country. It
has up weighed everything. What does success but that do to the
team as a whole? They are practical results. You attract more money, it
secures the team going forward. That is what we hope. The athletes
have delivered. The big thing now is funding, and continuing through
to Rio. This is not just, London has finished, it all stops. This is
the real legacy. We have a lot of young athletes who have come into
these Games for a first time, and who want to build on it. What about
what it does for British athletics as a whole, we hope people will be
inspired. I can only look at my own situation, are being inspired as a
kid by watching events like this, of wanting to go to my local club.
That is what I hope the young children around the country will be
inspired, to have a go. No one can guarantee success, that you will
stand on that Olympic podium, but it is all in that Jenny and having
a role model to follow. Thank you for sharing all your knowledge and
excitement. Double Olympic champion Mo Farah will be joining us in the
studio later in the programme. And, while he's claimed two gold medals,
he's still four behind Sir Chris Hoy, who took his tally to six,
during another fantastic week for What a night we have got to look
forward to. It is going to be an Great Britain are absolutely flying.
Great Britain are the world champions and they are now going to
become the world champ -- Olympic champions. They are on fire.
cannot believe it. Laura Trott is on fire. I cannot
believe this has happened to me. The new world record. It is
unbelievable. He is the Olympic sprint champion.
Look at the time! It is a new world record. We have spent so many years
thinking about this moment. It is a mad explosion of a motion. Victoria
Pendleton is the Olympic clearing champion. I would have loved to
have won my final race, but I just say it is all done and I can move
on. You have been incredible. Sir Chris Hoy is now the most
successful British Olympian. Congratulations to Bradley Wiggins.
It has not been a bad year for him. They are two more men, Sir Matthew
Pinsent was there to witness Ben Ainslie winning a 4th successive
title. Will we will speak to Steve Redgrave and Ben Ainslie in a
moment. But first this is what happened.
Ben Ainslie is often ridden up as the best small boat sailor in the
world, but winning the gold in 2012 would prove it. By his recent
Olympic standards, first three days of racing were close to disastrous,
but one of his main race opponents, Jonas Hogh-Christensen, had made a
crucial error. From where I was sailing, it looked like he had hit
the mark. Ben Ainslie is doing a penalty turn. Big mistake, he made
me angry and they had better watch out. Essentially, Sunday 5th August
boils down to a man on man race for gold. It is going to be a huge race
on Sunday, but I am up for it. races of the regatta are completed
and today's race is the last medal race. The situation is delicate for
Ben Ainslie, he is two points behind the Dane, Jonas Hogh-
Christensen, so he must beat him to win the gold. This is going to be
tight. Perhaps we were going to see more confrontations. Not Ben
Ainslie's best start, but by the first mark, the Briton was in
charge. Ben Ainslie has gone a round the top mark in gold medal
winning positions. Denmark have a big job to do. Things are looking
good for the British sailor. Ben Ainslie wins his 4th Olympic gold.
The Battle of the Bay between Benn's -- Ben Ainslie and the great
Dane is over. History is made, Ben Ainslie is the best sailor the
Olympics has ever seen. Have you ever had to work harder for an
Olympic gold medal than that? it was the toughest. The way Jonas
Hogh-Christensen has sailed this week, it is a long time since I
have seen somebody sail that well. You were dead and buried after six
races? I was worried, and something had to change and thankfully it did.
I got myself back into a position with a chance. I feel I should have
a special card or a key to say, four consecutive gold medals, it is
a special club, welcome to it. Well done.
So, there is a special club, but people have gone further with five
gold medals, so we thought we would bring you together. Well done,
dramatic days in Weymouth. It was touch and go for a little while?
was, it was very tough. It was difficult for me. I did not sail
the greatest opening series and I had to fight for it. Which she
would expect for any Olympic medal, but this was tough and a close the
medal race. Thankfully, I managed to get it right on the day.
much did the thought of that record you wanted to get to really
motivates you? In sailing, for gold medals is special, only one other
man who has done that. And to have a silver medal as well, it was a
big day. Or you can focus on is doing the best job and you cannot
get carried away with what might happen. You have to get the job
done and have a good regatta. It was tough, but came good in the end.
You have done very well, but we thought we needed to inspire you
and get you to think about Rio. Steve is here to make you think
about another Olympics. For me, I might be making a comeback! He has
the opportunity to do that if he wants to, it is a huge commitment.
He has been such a firm favourite to win this gold medal and in
everyone's eyes over the next few years, it is going to be tough. I
thought he was playing to the crowd are making it exciting and bringing
it to the last day. But he has got the capability, if he wants to
carry on. Do you want to carry on? I honestly don't know right now. It
does get pretty emotional after these campaigns and you have to go
away, as Steve did, give it some time and then decide what you want
to do. In sailing, the America's Cup is also a big challenge. So the
next challenge is to head off to San Francisco and get involved with
that. We will see about Rio, physically a don't think I could do
another four years. You are young enough, you won your first gold at
the 19? I have had some issues with my back in particular. I had an
operation over the winter. You have to force the boat through the water
and it is pretty hard work and my back doesn't enjoy it. The Olympics
as been a huge part of my life for the next 20 years, and it will be
hard to walk away. Steve, you famously said, "if you see me in a
boat again, you have permission to chute me". The minute you have won
a medal, people ask you about the next stage. It is not the right
time to make those decisions? Definitely not the right time. And
that saying has been thrown back to me for the last few years. You need
a little bit of time, time to reflect. Within rowing, the biggest
thing is the Olympic Games. We have a World Championships every year,
before the Olympic year, it is a stepping-stone to the Olympics. The
only reason to carry on his towards the next Olympic Games. But other
things for him have a big draw, and the America's Cup. If you relate it
is cycling, Bradley Wiggins has won the Tour de France, which is the
biggest thing in Cycling. And then he won another gold medal. You have
also had to go through the Games are watching people edge closer,
and in Bradley Wiggins and Chris Hoy's case, overtake your Olympic
record, how has that felt? It has been straight forward, it is a
record I didn't know I had until four years ago. I when to the
velodrome on watch Bradley win the team pursuits will stop and a
journalist said to me if Bradley wins a medal of any sort, he goes
past do in the record. And I thought myself, I had this record
for a years and didn't know I had it will stop within days it could
have been taken away from me. I knew that Chris and then it would
go past me at these Games. It has been enjoyable watching it happen.
What about your thoughts about your sports. Both of your sports are the
best funded, they have had a lot of money from UK Sports. Yours was the
only sailing gold medal for Great Britain at these Games. If you look
at the overall record of the same team, did it not go as well as you
hoped? Our goal coming into the Games was five medals -- four
medals. We took five. And the individual teams were so close. It
has been another great performance by the team. I think one of the big
things to say is it is a continuation. You cannot just say,
it is London 2012 and that is it. All these teams have been growing
up there so many years and they will keep going. It is vital we
keep the funding coming from UK Sport and keep the ball rolling,
and all of those teams are building for the future and doing a great
job. Particularly there are sports like cures, were having the best
possible Technology makes a difference, cycling being one of
them? It is the International Federation make sure it is about
the athletes, and not about the boats. There is an improvement of
each four years process, but there isn't a huge market within sailing
boats, it is not like golf clubs, technology is changing almost by
the minute to be able to get a little bit more accuracy and
distance. It is not like that within the sport of rowing. It is
about preparation, training, it is about putting everything in process.
Why one of the reasons for the rowing team of the best in the
world at the moment from Great Britain, is because of the staff,
all the back-up team, behind the athletes. We have great athletes
being looked after very well and that is the reason, I think, as a
country we are performing very well. It is not just the opportunity for
those athletes, it is about helping them and what over there issues may
be in the four-year cycle. We will get more from you as the programme
continues. There is live sport available on BBC Three. It is
volleyball, Bulgaria are playing Italy in the bronze-medal match.
Also lots of other options on the red button. On BBC One or we will
be live at the Mall as we build up to the men's marathon which starts
in just over an hour. Now for another Sir Matthew Pinsent
reports. We asked him to pose some questions for years ago about what
London could learn from Beijing. Now London 2012 is almost over, he
has been out to deliver his assessment of what has happened
here. There were people saying in the
wake of Beijing 2008, we had a hard act to follow. Before we had our
Opening Ceremony, Britain played a blinder. 70 days, 8,000 miles and
8,000 Torch bearers. The torch relay opened British hearts in a
very special way. Come on! Experience of lifetime. I am not
anybody, and people are cheering me on. I felt like I was in Wonderland.
When Danny Boyle did get to put on his show, it was British, it was
quirky and some nations wouldn't have got the jokes, but for me it
boiled down to one moment which the whole world would have understood.
Good evening, Mr von. Good evening, your majesty. London's venues came
in on budget, they were open for their test events, and some of them
were beauties. There is no doubt, there have been empty seats, the
ticketing website - universally panned. A lot of people did not get
tickets and that is unfair. I feel bad so many people were out there
looking for tickets and there are so many empty seats. My report card
- could do better. Six out of 10. Four years ago in Beijing, the
Olympic Park was an exclusive place to be. In London, you still need a
ticket, but this place is all about inclusion. 2.4 million people have
watched events at Olympic Park, but that spirit has spread to open
spaces Nationwide. You don't have to be at home to watch the Games
any more. You can be any worse. No surprise, this has been caused the
first genuinely digital Olympics. Social Media has loved the Olympics,
fans don't miss a moment. They watch, commiserate and congratulate,
very often directly to the athletes. My followers on Twitter. Twitter.
Thanks for all of the fans for supporting and believing. Transport,
lots of people said it would be a nightmare. I think we did OK.
London 2012 is on course to break attendance records. 7 million
people through the turnstiles. Were they happy? I have been using it
the whole time, over ground, Underground and everything, it is
easy. Security was an issue. In the race to be ready, G four S is
playing catch-up. Soldiers have arrived at a Olympic venues, part
of a 3,500 fours needed to plug the gap. Have nearly 300,000 people
coming through and we talk to them, help them and assist them at the
park. It has been a great experience. We did recover it well.
The forces, a huge upgrade. Where Volunteers of the lifeblood of any
Olympic Games, and in London, they have been amazing. There is no job
too menial, this lot have and very nearly stolen the show. The final
request from 2008 was an outstanding performance from Team
GB. I think we got that, don't you? COMMENTATOR: Sir Chris Hoy, the
greatest Olympian. If I had to sum up the 2012 games, it would be to
Seb Coe and his team, well played. So, a thumbs up from Matthew.
Let me ask you for your verdict, you have seen plenty of the Olympic
Games between you. Did you dare to think it could be this good? Nobody
could have written this script, that things would go so remarkably
well. I am so proud of the job we have done on every level, everyone
has raised their game, from volunteer, to elite performer. This
will go down in history for me, I will sleep well. We started from
the opening ceremony where you had a special role you had to keep
under wraps. Very special. I wasn't actually the one who lit the
cauldron but bringing it into the stadium was very special for me.
That moment was remarkable. What the Olympic bid has been about his
passing it on to the next generation which is what Seb Coe
wanted, passing it on to the 7th athletes. What wasn't caught on
film, the moment they came back to ask when I lit -- when they lit the
cauldron. The pressure had been taken away from them. They had been
nervous about making mistakes. They knew a week in advance. My normally
had told his parents, watch the opening ceremony but am not allowed
to tell you. Ben Ainslie, it hasn't just been London's Olympics, you
have been showcasing Weymouth, how has that worked as an Olympic
venue? It was a great part of the country. The Olympic torch, passing
around the whole nation before the Games, helped the build up. I was
in plans end, the atmosphere. -- in Land's End. The volunteers were a
huge part of the Games, getting the atmosphere right. It turned it into
a great Games. You have a special role in the closing ceremony.
get the honour of carrying the flag, leading the team back out. A huge
moment for everybody. We should be so proud of what we have achieved
as a nation, the team has done fantastically well. For everyone
involved, the Games has been a huge achievement. I wonder, we all
really have to think about how to build on this moment, it would be a
crying shame if we look back, and then it evaporates.
We need a moment to take stock of what we have achieved, we have set
records. But, careful planning is needed about how weak the continued
this momentum, to build on sport. We cannot lose this momentum, we
need to think how we fund, and where the emphasis is. We had an
announcement on this, but it is only two years. The general public
have enjoyed this Games, a huge spirit of following Team GB through
their success. It is quite expensive, supporting a team at top
level. But, the feel-good factor it is amazing, smiles on faces,
motivating youngsters. It is money well spent. We don't have to spend
as much, but it is important we keep supporting our top athletes
and bringing youngsters through. In terms of the trickle-down, to
leading healthier and more active lives. The figures on participation
in sport among young people, it is going down overall. You would hope
an event like this will help turn that around. We can't ask for a
better inspiration for the youngsters in school, looking for
something to do. They can see that these sports are accessible. Some
are more accessible than others. sport, sailing, it is a great
example. Some think it is elitist and expensive, but at grassroots
level, it is easy to get into, you don't even need to live by the sea.
The Olympics has brought this realisation that it is accessible.
It is a culture change we have to address, parents, children,
teachers. Mo Farah said, if you want to achieve something, it is
simple, dedication and commitment. But the key word is funding. This
Olympics has brought it home we can do really good things. We need to
inspire the kids to start over again. Nutrition, exercise. Those
who want to achieve in sport, the pathway is set. They can do it.
What has inspired me is the sheer hard work that goes into the
achievement. Thank you for being with us. Ben
Ainslie, we will be watching tonight.
The Steve Redgrave, we will be talking about rowing later.
We haven't shown any rowing yet. Four gold medals. And tears are
Olympic champions, it couldn't go to two more worthy winners.
A steely look of determination, a bronze medal for Britain.
This is going to the wire. Were the silver medal for Great Britain. It
was a valiant effort from the British four.
The British crew of pushing on hard. Great Britain, a well deserved
bronze medal. Let us do this, let us finish the
story. Grainger and Anna Watkins.
Campbell, on the line, getting the Olympic champions in the men's four,
we have done it, and we have done it in style.
Hold on now, girls. And it is yours. They are the Olympic champions.
It is Great Britain for the silver medal.
A remarkable few days at Eton Dorney, you must have been
delighted. You didn't quite think we would do so now. What were your
projections? I had said, seven medals, three or four gold medals.
We had some outside hopes as well. One of them came in, with the
lightweight women's double. For let us look at the medal table
One of my old boats. I have been through most of the rowing
categories in my time. The coppers four -- coxless four. That was
Grainger and Watkins. They really deserved it. A great story, the
effort and commitment. They could have easily have walked away.
Katherine Grainger decided she would put her neck on the line
again, another are four years of hard work towards it and it has
paid off. A story of real perseverance.
The overall, these were the Games where we saw British women rowers
strike gold. Definitely. It was looking doubtful
at one stage that the men would win a gold medal of any sort. Paul
thompson, the women's chief coach, has come up trumps. Women's rowing
was introduced into the Olympics in 1970 six. We got our first medal in
Sydney, with Katherine Grainger in the quadruple sculls, a fantastic
result. We hoped that would go on. Three in one go. Really special.
There has been more effort made in women's rowing? I do not think you
can say there has been more effort put in over the last four years, it
is just that they have had the capability of doing it four years
ago and it didn't happen. Of the whole of the printing, they are
looking to improve all the time. Helen Glover? She was part of the
sporting chance programme which I lodged. We were looking for girls
over 5 ft 11, meant over 6 ft 3. She came through that scheme. She
watched the Games and thought, why can't I do that in four years? I
have had e-mails from parents and children saying, I am told, can I
be part of it? This is what sport, all the different federations in
the UK, will be relaunching, talent identification. Rowing may think it
is harder to have a go. It is seen as elitist, but forever there is
water, a lake or canal, there will be a rowing club of some sort.
A great week for our rowers. Overall, British swimmers didn't
have such a fantastic Games. Ian Thorpe has been with us. This
Hello. I have only just started. People have been so kind to me
while I have been in the UK. I have offered everyone a free swimming
lesson this morning. A lot of people have come by and I am about
to start off doing that right now. A lucky them to get some swimming
tips from you. I know that we work to fairly hard as a commentator.
You told me that you work harder than as a good editor! What stood
out for you when you watched all of that happening? My favourite moment
during the Games was Chad Le Clos's father, his reaction to his son's
performance. I related to that because it is not just one afraid
performing. There are a lot of people behind the athlete,
supporting them. We saw all of that. Chad Le Clos was one of the gold
medallist at these Games. For so many other swimmers it did not go
according to plan. You Australian team and experienced that at the
British swimmers did as well. Is there something going wrong in
nations that have traditionally been good at swimming? Look, I can
talk more directly about the Australian programme than the
British programme. I actually think we have one of the best programmes
in place that we have ever had. I think we were just unfortunate that
we did not get the medals that we expected to win. When I look at the
British programme and the improvements that have happened
over the course of the last three years, I think there has been an
improvement. It is just that the rest of the world moved faster than
the British team. I know there will be inquiries into both of those
programmes. Literally I think we have got to the point where world
swimming has become more difficult than any of us had ever anticipated.
You are there as part of your own legacy effort. Can you still hear
me? How important do you think it is for there to be more of a
connection between what happens in the elite sport and what happens at
a swimming pool like the one you are at now? Look, it is important.
I think the Olympics should be offering more than just every four
years. I wanted to do this and I did it quite randomly. I wanted to
come and do something and connect with people that enjoy swimming,
simple as that. I think lots of athletes are willing to do
something like that on a national teams. A connection needs to be
made between the elite level and participation in sport.
Have a lovely morning. Lucky people getting swimming tips from you.
Thank you very much. Thank you. Goodbye.
He has become a much-loved member of the BBC team! A fantastic effort
overall. One person who has been to almost as many Olympic venues as
Prince William and Steve Redgrave, the BBC's Clare Balding. We will
hear from her in just a moment because she has been seen at more
than one Olympic venue. She has done the rounds and she has
gathered many fans along the way. Before we hear from her, let's hear
I grew up in the area. I really just wanted to be involved in the
Games. Being a volunteer was one way that I could get involved. It
has been brilliant to see the public's reaction to the Games and
especially to the volunteers. I guess in a way, the volunteers have
been so crucial to make this such a successful Games. Sometimes it
might not then be the most glamorous job, it might not be in
trouble at all times, it might be hard work. But the benefits of it
are huge. The people in England love sport and you can see how they
support it. They are nice with us. They asked for people that could
speak Spanish and English to help them communicate better with the
Spanish team. They are telling us we are the best volunteers that
they have had! For this we are here. I am from the University of Antwerp
doing computer science. If there were any problems relating to IT
equipment in the venue, they report them to us. That is where I am
staying. I have enjoyed myself. It has been a great atmosphere. Just
great. I was born and brought up in the area and I know it really well.
Stratford has been quite deprived and I have seen a lot of investment
going in. I wanted to see what it was all about and actively take
part. I think that knowing that I have helped in my small role here
has helped give everyone a positive view of Britain. People are coming
from outside London with preconceived ideas. Everybody is
warm and friendly and that is really nice to see. I have never
done any kind of volunteering before in my life. I love sport and
I love the internet. It is a great opportunity to meet people and make
friends. I find nothing but smiles when you wear the uniform. I
started conversations that in my experience you would not normally
have in London. It has inspired me to be more involved in volunteering
and helping other people. You had an image in your head of what it
was going to be light, but it has definitely beaten that. Everybody
is so positive. I have met some fabulous people. I think I have
made friends for life and we have inspired each other and kept each
other going on long shifts. Some wonderful people. People from all
different backgrounds. It has been great. Even the athletes are
telling us what a wonderful job we have been doing so it picks you up.
I am proud of how well everything has gone and how wonderful
everybody has felt the Olympics have been. And they have done a
wonderful job. It will be one of the very special memories of these
Games. Clare Balding is in the Olympic Park this morning with some
of those who have made the Games so special.
They really have. It is one of the triumph of the Games. They were not
just volunteers. They were games makers because they have made the
Games. Some of them have been camping and some of them have had
very long journeys and some of them are going back to work next week.
When are you going back? I have a week off, which will be good.
Driving back tomorrow and back to work on Tuesday. Back to the Isle
of Wight for Tuesday. Back to Scotland tomorrow and back to work
on Tuesday. What has it been like for you? What has been your
favourite experience? I favoured experience is meeting people from
different countries and being able to help them. -- my favourite
experience. Have you enjoyed it? Yes. Will you wear those uniforms
again? No? They are lovely but they are strange to go out in! These
children are from Elwood junior school. What are you going to see?
The handball. Fantastic. When you go back to school, what would be
the one thing if you could improve your school experience, what would
you do? Be more involved in sport so that in the future we can be
Great Britain's stars. Who have you seen that you want to be like?
Probably Usain Bolt, running. I know that he tried his best so I
would probably try my best if I was a fast runner. I just want to be
fast like him. Just Usain Bolt? Do it? Like it! You are watching the
modern pentathlon, so we will see you later. I would also like to say
a big thank you to the police, who have been immense. They were
brilliant throughout the torch relay and they have been brilliant
here as well. You must feel that as an operation you have been able to
enjoy it. Thoroughly. I have worked inside the ground and outside. It
is great to see all of the people coming together, enjoying it.
all the people loving you, high- fives, patting the horses.
Fantastic atmosphere, everybody else is happy so we are happy.
NHS ambulance service has been here as well. Hopefully you have not had
to do too much. Not too much. know that you are always there and
always ready but we have nobody has needed you. Ready and waiting.
of the main problems has probably been the heat. We did not expect
fantastic weather. Luckily there has been a lot of water provided so
it has not been too bad. The Air Force and the Navy and the army
have also been involved. They have made London 2012 really special.
All of us have felt that it has been good. Have we? Fantastic!
have lost track of how many venues I have seen you at over the last
fortnight. Which was your favourite? Gosh. Genuinely, all of
them have had something very different. I love going to
Greenwich for three days. It felt like going to another country for a
while. It was much quieter. And huge respect from the crowd to the
performers. In Greenwich, with the horses, tried to be quiet when
things were in action. If I picked one, it would be Hyde Park for the
open-water swimming, one of the three venues. Walking out of the
park afterwards, people having picnics, it was so special and
relaxed. You remember how beautiful London is and how it has these
great big spaces. The Olympic Park is now one of them. The trees and
the planting and the wild flowers and the canal. I just think this is
now really magical place. Thank you very much. Enjoy the rest
of the day. This is our last chance to soak up the atmosphere at the
Olympic Park before the closing ceremony. Steve, so many great
moments. They said at the start but they wanted great British moment
but we have had more than that. You can see how great Usain Bolt is and
wherever you are from, you can enjoy those moments. Absolutely and
that is what the Games of all about. Respect to the games makers, the
volunteers, making and breaking the Games. The forces have been
fantastic. The crowds have really made it. Being in the stadium last
night, out at the rowing venue, and Weymouth, I have been to lots of
the venues and it has been the crowds and the enthusiasm. That has
really rubbed off on the athletes and they have always commented it
has been wonderful. This will be the last time we see the Games in
our lifetime, but the IOC are saying let's bid again! The
Government think it will cost too much, but that is a great credit to
the whole of the Games. Seb Coe and LOCOG have done a wonderful job and
without the athletes we do not have anything to showcase. It has gone
off so well logistically and safely, which was a worry at the start.
the Paralympics still to come. Obviously and we will talk about
that later. Still lots to look forward to as the summer goes on.
Thank you. Just behind us in the stadium they
are gearing up for the closing ceremony tonight. The athletics are
over and the preparations are under way for the closing ceremony. If it
is anything like the opening effort, we are in for a treat. What we saw
in the stadium last night from our new double Olympic champion was
This is his stage. It is his crowd. The men's 5,000m final. The plan
will be to gauge it and work it from here. Next time he commits it
will have to be for real. There are no second chances. He does not want
to lose that position. He needs to the best way to hold the position
is to get to the front. This is positioning. This is putting
himself in a place where nobody can cut in front of him. He has got the
lead when he wants it, with 600 to go. Now the feet start to go down,
let's hold this. Words exchanged. He has to run his own race. The
bell will sound in 100m. He has got to be very careful that he does not
let anybody get ahead of him. He wants to hold that place. He is
doing it right. He is holding the position on the inside. There will
be a fearsome last lap but Mo will go for it. He is into the medal
position. He is running strongly. He is running perfectly well. He
has got a chance now but he is going to try and steal it. It is
coming up over his shoulder. The 1,500m man is in third place. He is
trying to get there. They still have all got chances. Holding the
inside curve. The crowd on their feet. They are calling him home.
The big kick has started. He looks dangerous in third. Gritting his
teeth now. They have got to pump the knees. He has got to find
something extra. Come on, Mo Farah! Come on! I think he is going to get
there! He is going to make it two gold medals for Great Britain! The
place erupts! He is the double that? That was just the moment in
the history of British athletics. The double Olympic champion. 10,000
and now 5,000m. He must be bursting I am delighted to say that he is
with us in the studio. Mo Farah, congratulations. How does it feel
to have both those gold medals weighing you down? It is an
unbelievable feeling. The Olympics do not come round often, especially
not in your home town. As an athlete he dreamed of becoming an
Olympic champion, but for me, becoming an Olympic champion twice
is unbelievable. You gave us some fantastic moments. Thank you. I was
lucky enough to be there in the stadium when you were running and I
could feel something that is difficult to get across on
television. How much did the crowd They make a big difference. 80,000
people cheering your name, getting louder and louder, the best feeling
ever. It's like being at a football game. I think better than that,
actually, for many of us. Had you planned the way you are going to do
it because you pulled back and you were right at the back at the start
of it? Yes, my aim was to use my speed at the end and I thought the
race would be faster. I thought they would have done some of the
work to try to get rid of me early on. I wanted to save as much energy
as possible and come through at the end. And go hard on the last lap.
You had the danger it might not have gone according to plan it you
had been boxed in it. Were you worried about that? Yes, I didn't
want to be boxed in. I came close to getting boxed in because I was
on the inside line and a lot of guys try to come past me. I had to
fight and not let anybody come in and it just opened up and I came to
the home straight and it got louder and louder. The last two laps, you
really took it away. You knew you still have it in you to do that?
Yes, the crowd were getting louder, but it when I kick, make sure I got
enough of a gap and hold onto it. To the guys have a strong finish.
It's quite a scrum but are you conscious of where your main rivals
are in relation to you? Yes, you see what's going on but try to
concentrate and look at the corner of your life. When you make a move,
everybody was watching me so played in my favour. -- corn of your eyes.
I could dictate the race and was an amazing feeling to do that.
much have you watched it back yet? With my family last night, I
that point but you knew who was gaining upon you and you could not
let up at this point? Yes, I was always told by my coat to try to
sprint like a sprinter rather than long strides. -- coach. Also, this
has been the most extraordinary eight days for you because first
you ran the 10,000 metres and then you had to run the whole of the
5,000 metres to get into the final. Some people were worried about you
at the end of that thinking you I was tired, to be honest with you.
I was tired in the heats, but I hope to the guys would do something
to suit my race and it would work well but I was tired. Each day we
had a day of rest and I got fresher. If it wasn't for my medical team,
Barry, Neil Black, for the whole medical team, help me recover, I
spots and the rest of the stuff, I don't think I would have recovered
He also had the support of your family and wife and daughter.
was beautiful see my wife and daughter at the track. Once I had
won gold medal, I thought my wife is having twins and no wonder they
get a second one otherwise the second one would feel left out.
You're about to become a parent of twins. I'm looking forward to it.
Last night I had to think about it even more. There is going to be two
more. As a parent of twins, you need to conserve your energy. What
about your overall journey because we really did have hopes for you
but you have exceeded everything we could possibly have imagined. How
tough has it been for you? How much hard work has gone into those gold
medals? A lot of grafting, to be honest with you 4th in Beijing, I
didn't even make the final. I was disappointed. And there I had to
move forward. Recover and get into my running again. Last year I made
a big decision to be coached by Alberto so we moved everybody to
the USA. It wasn't easy. A double European champion at that time so
people were thinking, Mo, why are you going away? I knew something
needed to change. My old coach has done great stuff for me. If it
wasn't for him I would not be at that level. It was a decision in
your career, you have to make, and it was one of the hardest decisions
balls of I'm glad I made it. It just shows you it worked. A lot of
miles have gone into these legs. There must have been many times
when you are printed your whole family. You told your wife you need
to move to the USA. Yes, there were times when you're down, but we had
great help from Alberto and my team in Oregon, so there was great
supporter. I'm used to living here and I want see my friends and
family and have a laugh and go out for coffee and watch a football
match. And then on the other side of the world, so it's hard. But
that's what it takes. When you get a gold medal, it's well worth it.
What you put into it, being away from my family, my daughter, my
wife, sometimes almost two months, it's not easy. There are no short
cuts, are there? Just hard work. For the children at the, it's
possible. As a child, I'd love to play football but since then, I got
into athletics and it's been hard work to get better and better. And
to try to keep improving. You can get there. Of course, now be
anything you try to do in the future, going to a football match,
popping out to the supermarket, you're now one of the most of
recognisable people in the country. Do you feel your life has changed
entirely in the course of this fortnight? A little bit. This great
support from everybody when I'm walking around, people wanting
autographs and that's what the sport needs. It's nice to have that
because we never had that a moment like this. I remember Steve Ovett,
Steve Cram, that was the era when they had the record. It is coming
back balls and I believe myself, people want to do what I can do. We
can change that mentality. In the past, we could never challenge the
Africans. The Kenyan guys were just so good. But we can challenge it
but it's hard work. You learn from the best and that's what I did.
proved it. Now you're a celebrity and we all know about the Mobot,
which has some high-profile fans in the stadium. Let's have a look at
this. We saw you doing the Mobot at the end. I tell Mo I was going to
do it. Yeah, boys. That was his tribute to you. It was awesome.
When he crossed the line and did the Mobot, it was unbelievable.
That's all the sport knees, to have a laugh but at the same time,
training hard. -- sport needs. People will learn lessons about
perseverance and hard work from all of you, but do you hope children
are thinking, I want to be the next Mo Farah? I hope so, because I used
to love football and I wanted to be a footballer but now, you know,
having the Olympics in London, I think it's going to change people's
lives and people will get into more sport, running, and I hope we can
change the way we think. To be Olympic champion, it didn't come
overnight. It's something I trained so hard for. I have had ups and
downs in my career as with injuries. That's what makes it more tasty.
must make it even more valuable and knowing you have earned it in that
way. You mentioned Brendan Foster and of course he was watching every
step of the way. He is down at The Mall this morning so what would you
like to say to Mo? He's an absolute privilege to watch you run. I
remember in Beijing, when he stepped off the track and not
qualifying for the final, I know he was depressed, but we knew he had
the ability and the thing about Mo, nobody has worked harder, made more
sacrifices, and when I see you next week, I want to autograph. You're
now my hero! That is one autograph you can't forget. Is that a
promise? Do yes, I will give him one. I would do the Mobot. Can you
do the Mobot now? I'm not flexible enough! Come on, Brendan.
Which was your favourite of the races from a Mo? Before we started
last night, I said Saturday night at the Olympic Stadium, every
Saturday night we come here, Mo wins a gold medal, so I wonder what
you will do next Saturday night? Arsenal are playing. I knew you
would say that. I have seen me play football. You are better at
athletics and football, Mo. It was a good call, leaving football.
Thank you very much. Going forward, were there are times, thinking back
to Beijing for a moment, when you didn't get into the final, did you
think it wasn't meant to be? Yes, there was a time when I thought,
not making the final is a big disappointment and I was so down
and coming back, the following year, I was 7th for the World
Championships, and I thought, and I ever going to be able to mix in
with these guys? I just thought, just give me one medal, as a joke,
to my friends. I wasn't training very hard. I wasn't doing training
in the gym, ice baths, recovery, sleeping in the afternoon. You have
got to do all of those things for that everything just came together
for me. What did Alberto's sellers are two differently with you?
always had the talent but never had the right tactics. Mentally, it's
been different, as well as physically. He gave me more belief
in myself to be strong. But, you know, I'm not running a lot quicker
than I was running before, but, at the same time, I'm a winning races.
Q train with one of your competitors in both of those events,
so does that help? It's a bit like using bold training with James
Blake. All the way along, you are reminded of who you have to beat.
We are friends, having a laugh, and in the race, our plan was, if the
race was too slow, we would come to the front and stay there, and we
would be one and two so if people want to go around us, they could go
around us. He is my team-mate. We work together. And then every man
for himself on the last lap. Does it raise your game in training
because you are reminded how good you have to be? You just enjoy it.
Long-distance is a lonely event. You put in at 20 mile runs on
Sundays. You share the workload. It works well for the now you have had
two moments on the podium, at the top of the podium, fantastic
moments of for everyone in the stadium, to watch you. What does it
mean to you? You were not born in this country. You have made this
country your home. It's amazing for that I came from Somalia to the UK
and this is where I grew up and went to school, university, and
this is my whole life, but, you know, at the time you don't think
that because I was at school, when I was all right but I was a little
kid, running around, I've always loved sport. But a comeback years
later on, to be double Olympic champion, you know, to be on a
podium, it's the best thing. There's no words to describe it.
All the work, the sacrifice is, the things you put into it is
unbelievable for that it did you have a hard time when you came to
this country because you couldn't speak English? Yes, I learnt quick.
As a child, you pick it up. I had a hard time but I got through it. I
just loved sport and associated with it. Athletics has helped me.
How much did it help you? It helps your lot, talking to other good,
good in two different countries balls that I'm lucky I can travel
all around the world because of my athletics. A lot of people would
love to do that. It's something you take for granted. Also I have set
up the Mo Farah Foundation to help children and people in Africa
particularly. It will make a big difference so me and my wife have
set it up. 1st September, we will have a massive auction. We will
have Steve Redgrave and a lot more people, Paula Radcliffe, Steve
Cram,... I think you can guarantee a good turnout now. Hopefully.
September will be a big month for you. Yes, they will be hanging this
around their necks, the babies. Clearly, you have had a fantastic
Olympic Games personally, but as you look around at these venues
which are about to empty until the Paralympics, how would you rate
what has happened? Who would have thought London would be able to put
this together? You have a dream and you go to other Olympics, but this
is the best thing. The opening ceremony was amazing, and people
just turning out, athletics sold out every time, unbelievable,
people cheering, and who would have thought? But it didn't put any
comes around every four years and will only happen once in London.
The crowd, the atmosphere, I hope we can hold on to the stadium. And
have a legacy. That's what we all hope, somehow. Congratulations,
it's been a privilege to speak to Get some sleep as well before the
twins are born. I will! I will get some sleeping tablets! Mo Farah,
double gold medallist, fantastic. Those were two of the four gold
medals at the athletics stadium. We had five at Eton Dorney, seven at
the Velodrome, and also the Zara Phillips! Absolutely screaming
out of the arena. Over the last! It is silver for Great Britain!
Greenwich has already given us so much and it is going to give us
more on the team showjumping day. It is going to be a jump-off for
the gold medal. # I like the way This could be the first... Yes!
Britain have got gold. Will they be here to see Britain win their first
ever dressage medal? This is gold about to happen. She has made it!
She has made history. Could it be British magic as we come to the
first? That is one of the best I have ever seen from a British rider.
She is going for gold. She has done it in style! Britain has got
Some of the fantastic equestrian moments that we will remember from
London 2012. Clare Balding was in Greenwich watching many of them as
she is in the Olympic Park now. A more peaceful spot than where we
saw do a moment ago. Which is your particular the highlight? --
particular highlight? I think that the gold medals came from a range
of backgrounds. The connection the athletes have made with their
horses and the way they have spoken about their sport, they have done
something special. They have reached out to think that riding
horses is for rich people, they have broken through that lazy
assumption. Sebastian Coe brought the events back into the centre of
the Games, bringing them to Greenwich, having them very close.
At Beijing I was on a four hour flight away for the equestrian
events and it was in danger of being dropped off the programme
altogether. Seb Coe and everyone at LOCOG tried really hard to be in
the centre of London and to leave something here. There is a riding
club called Ebony near Greenwich, which is designed to help children
from urban backgrounds to connect with horses and help them feel that
huge pleasure of learning to ride and have a massive three quarter of
a tired horse do what you tell it to do. Children were telling me
that the dancing horses were beautiful and I think there is an
aesthetic beauty as well to the equestrian sports. Sometimes you
can test sport as to whether it ticks the aesthetic box, do you
want to see it in slow motion? Yes, you do. It was absolutely stunning
as well as being hugely successful for our team. And we learn so much
about the different events during the Games. De Sade was a revelation,
not just the medals, but how they managed to produce something so
beautiful. -- dressage. And seeing the horses respond to the music and
choreography. That is something the Olympic Park has given us. Looking
at the artistic effort that has gone into this, as the flames go
out tonight, this flower looks just like an Olympic Flame. It is part
of the reason why this garden was designed the way that it is. The
Paralympics start on 29th August and there will be new flowers that
come out by then. A timely reminder, thank you. We are effectively only
halfway through London's Games because the Paralympics will pick
up the baton at the end of the month. Comprehensive coverage on
that on BBC Sport and on 5 Live. That will be led by John Inverdale
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and Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson. That 29th August, that is when the
opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games will start, marking the start
of that. Not long to go to get more of the excitement. We will be
talking to Tanni Grey-Thompson about what we can expect from the
Paralympics wants it all happens. The first part of this sporting
summer at the Olympic Park is over and haven't we had a fantastic
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Well, we all hope for a fantastic Olympics but I don't think any of
us imagined that this is how the medal table would look. Great
Britain in third place with 28 gold medals, 15 silver and 19 bronze
medals. 62 medals in total. We were in 4th place at Beijing with 19
gold medals and there is still a chance of more medals today because
live sport is still under way, and that will be the case right up
until the closing ceremony. The next bit of live sport on BBC One
will be the men's marathon, which is just about to start at The Mall.
Women should the Paralympics a moment ago. The opening ceremony is
on 29th August. -- we mentioned the Paralympics a moment ago. You have
got to imagine that there will be a big boost for the Paralympics from
what we have seen already? Ticket sales have taken off. They were
already going well. This was always going to be the best-attended
Paralympic Games ever but in the last 10 days it is suddenly very
hard to get a ticket for lots of the events. The same venues will be
used. The Aquatics Centre will be used for the swimming, with Ellie
Simmonds one of the big stars of that. The Olympic Stadium itself
for all the athletics, with David Weir, the fantastic wheelchair race
over a number of distances. He could win three or even four medals.
Wheelchair rugby is fantastic to watch. Cycling will happen in the
Velodrome as well. Sara's story will be the flagbearer there. We
have a great chance of winning medals. I hope that people will be
listening to the Paralympics on Radio 5 Live and tuning in to watch
it on television. The thing is, Great Britain has a good chance of
winning medals on every day. A friend of mine asked me what to
watch and I said pretty much anything. China will top the table.
Ukraine always do very well in terms of gold medals. The USA not
so much. It is strange. America has not really embraced the Paralympic
movement yet. The exciting thing for me about the Paralympic Games
being staged here is it is coming back to the place where it was
invented. There is a very good drama, up on the man who invented
this, getting injured servicemen to play sport as part of their
rehabilitation. That is well worth watching to understand where the
Paralympic Games came from. And in tribute to that, that is why one of
the mascots is called Van de Velde, because it was in Stoke Mandeville.
-- is called Mandeville. I think the big fear is that after the
Paralympic Games and on 9th September, by which time children
will be going back to school, it is what everybody else does then. In
Australia I remember hearing couples talking to each other,
saying what do we do now? I think we have become so excited and
interested in people, their stories, watching them achieve in the
different sports, that it is lovely to get another chance to do that.
From my point of view, I think the Paralympics is something incredibly
special. It changes the way people think and the way that they feel.
It is really powerful. It is just great to see these venues in use
for a few weeks longer. Absolutely. At the end of the Paralympic Games
this will be called the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and it will
be open, a public park. It is such a beautiful place to come. Even
though there are thousands of people here, I have managed to find
a lovely wild spot by the canal with the wild flowers nearby and it
is just gorgeous. By the Velodrome, my word, the tree planting by the
lawns is sensational. We will see a lot more of it on television during
the Paralympics. Thank you very much. And their key to all of our
guests. We have just about run out of time. -- thank you to all of our
guests. There is plenty more to enjoy today with gold medal hopes