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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.


Apology for the loss of subtitles for 78 seconds


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


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