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How things unfolded at the Opening Ceremony

How things unfolded at the Opening Ceremony

After the spectacular Opening Ceremony, we look back at how the events unfolded in a show that lasted close to four hours.

London: As the spectacular Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics came to an end, we look back at how the events unfolded in a show that lasted close to four hours.

British cyclist Wiggins begins Olympics opening ceremony

British cyclist Bradley Wiggins, the newly-crowned Tour de France champion, rang a huge bell at the Olympic Park to mark the beginning of the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Games. Dressed in the iconic yellow T-shirt, given to the winner of the Tour de France, Wiggins, a six-time Olympic medallist, sent the crowd into raptures as he walked up to the stage to ring the bell.

London pays tribute to 7/7 victims

All of London paid tribute to the victims of the 7/7 terrorist attacks in the colourful Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Games. There was a hushed, respectful, gently moving interlude as photos of the victims was displayed on the giant screen, a pause for breath amid the frantic festivities. It was a solemn moment to remember those killed in the 7/7 attacks in London - which took place just a day after the Olympic Games were awarded to the city. Four coordinated suicide attacks on the tube and bus network on July 7, 2005, claimed 52 lives in London.

Mr Bean enthrals fans with English humour

British comedian actor Rowan Atkinson, famously known as Mr. Bean, enthralled the spectators with English humour during the colourful Opening Ceremony. Atkinson took centre stage as a part of the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by famous music conductor Simon Rattle.

Queen 'Bonds' with Craig at opening ceremony

It was a rare occasion when Queen Elizabeth II played a cameo with James Bond actor Daniel Craig in a surreal film that awed spectators at the Olympic Park during the Opening Ceremony. It was a rare informal appearance for the queen that drew huge cheers from the crowd. It was a master stroke by British director Danny Boyle, who conceptualised the opening ceremony.

Greece leads players' parade in opening ceremony

Greece, the traditional hosts of the Olympics, led the 204 nations and their athletes into the Olympic Stadium at the Opening Ceremony. Taekwondo fighter Alexandros Nikolaidis led Greece's parade. Nikolaidis is hoping to improve on his silver medal finish in the Beijing Games.

Indian contingent greeted with huge cheers

Huge cheers welcomed the colourful Indian delegation into the Olympic Park during the Opening Ceremony. The 81-strong Indian contingent, the biggest ever, was led by wrestler Sushil Kumar, a bronze medallist in the 2008 Beijing Games. It was a smartly dressed Indian contingent. The men wore yellow safas, navy blue blazers, cream-coloured trousers, off-white shirts and ties, and the women were dressed in elegant sarees. Indian Olympic Association (IOA) secretary-general Randhir Singh waved at the contingent from the VIP box.

Saudi women make Olympic debut

Saudi Arabian women athletes made their first appearance in the Olympic opening ceremony, dressed in traditional hijabs. Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani and Sarah Attar are competing in the over-78 kg division in judo and 800 metres.

Queen Elizabeth II declares London Games open

British Queen Elizabeth II declared the London Olympics officially open. The Queen's announcement was made before an estimated global television audience of one billion and a crowd of 80,000 in the Olympic Stadium.

Seven teenagers light London Olympics cauldron

The mystery over who would light the Olympic cauldron was finally resolved when seven teenagers were given the honour at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Games.

The seven young torchbearers, each nominated by a renowned British Olympian, moved towards the centre of the field of play and ignited a single tiny flame within one of the copper petals on the ground, triggering the ignition of more than 200 petals. The cauldron will be moved to take pride of place in the Olympic Stadium within the eyeline of competing athletes.

Many had speculated that the cauldron would be lit by English footballer David Beckham, but that possibility was ruled out when Beckham appeared earlier in the opening ceremony piloting a speedboat which contained the Olympic torch down the Thames. Beckham passed the torch to five-time gold medal winner Steve Redgrave, who had the honour of taking it into the Olympic Stadium. The flame then passed though the hands of the seven young athletes, who took it to the Olympic Bell.

Britain's taekwondo athlete Stevenson takes Olympic oath

Britain's taekwondo athlete Sarah Stevenson took oath on behalf of all athletes taking part in the London 2012 Olympic Games. Holding a corner of the Olympic flag, Stevenson swore that she and other athletes to the London Games would commit themselves to "a sport without doping and without drugs". Stevenson is the most successful taekwondo athlete in British history. She became Britain's first-ever world champion in 2001 and won the nation's maiden taekwondo Olympic medal at the 2008 Beijing Games. She had competed at Sydney 2000, finishing fourth, and in Athens 2004.

first published:July 28, 2012, 06:21 IST