How quickly a year goes. It was this time last year that the eyes of the world were focused on London and great Britain as it prepared to host the 30th games of the modern Olympiad. It was fair to say at the time that not many had high hopes for it when comparing to glitzy games of the past, the previous Beijing games of 2008 being the direct measuring stick.
On Friday 27th of July 2012, the world focused its eyes on a small corner of London at 20:12 pm to witness the opening ceremony titled ‘Isles of Wonder’ to see what Britain could conjure up. I was sat watching on a big screen in Victoria park, literally a stones throw from the stadium.
Though as soon as we all saw the spectacular ‘pandemonium’ opening sequence. These games were going to be special. Indeed they were. The games showed London and great Britain in a great light, that they could faultlessly pull of an event of this size. Team GB left with a record medal haul, transport worries before the games quickly faded along with security concerns after the armed forces stepped in to fill in any gaps. The volunteers also contributed to what was considered as a friendly games, always joyful helping people out giving a feel good factor in the park and around the country.
1 year on, the stadium, surrounded by ongoing legacy building work was back into action for the Anniversary games. 3 days of elite competition. Including a diamond league athletics meeting as well as many athletes who achieved success during the Olympics and Paralympics.
I was lucky enough back in April this year to secure tickets to the Athletics on Friday the 26th where Usain Bolt was the headlining athlete, competing in the 100m. It was fair to say straight away, even before going through the security bag checks, that the same atmosphere and feel good factor from the Olympics and Paralympics was back.
Below are a small selection of the photos I took during the evening.
As we walk towards the stadium. The Aquatics centre on the left hand side has lost it’s seating wings, leaving just its wave like form with interior and exterior work continuing prior to opening to the public in 2014.
It was 10pm, however no one had left the stadium until they got a good glimpse of Usain Bolt as he lapped up the cheers and applause from the crowd, 2 of whom were lucky enough to catch one of his airborne shoes he hurled into the crowd at either side of the stadium.