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Faye Barker's Sunday programme blog

Faye Barker Photo: ITN

In Singapore, 7 years ago, when Jacques Rogge uttered the words "Lon-don" the UK's Olympic dream turned into a reality. But there was a long path ahead to realise the vision of Lord Coe and his team.

Fast forward to today and we are witnessing the final moments of competition and looking ahead to tonight's Closing Ceremony in London which will see the Olympic flame, that travelled near to the homes of 95% of the population, being extinguished from the beautiful cauldron that has been its Stratford home. What an extraordinary Games we have witnessed on our shores and in our capital, capturing the hearts of the nation and hopefully achieving its core aim of "inspiring a generation."

Today Dr Rogge, the IOC president, called this Olympics "absolutely fabulous".

London Tonight has been there all the way, through the highs and lows, the doubts, the ambitions, and for the past two weeks, through the euphoria that has been passing through the capital. On the programme tonight, our Olympics correspondent Simon Harris will be reflecting on the last day.

Mo Farah and Usain Bolt trade poses in the Olympic Stadium last night Credit: PA Wire

Mo Farah has been a regular on London Tonight for years and we have followed his long run into the history books. I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that last night he won gold in the 5,000 metres - another bit of bling to add to his gold medal for the 10,000 metres last weekend. He's the first British athlete to achieve this double feat.

That other famous Olympian - Usain Bolt - is a friend of Mo's and what greater honour for the Londoner to see the Jamaican celebrate his team's 4 x 100 metres win last night by doing the "mobot" over the finishing line. Later the pair posed together on the podium, showing off each other's trademark poses.


We'll be hearing from Mo on tonight's show.

There have been so many wonderful moments from London 2012, and I'm sure those of you who have loved these Games will have your favourite memory. I'm probably a better presenter than photographer (I hope!) but here's my snap of Bradley Wiggins on his way to winning gold in the Men's Time Trial.

Bradley Wiggins powers towards Olympic gold Credit: Faye Barker

Another highlight for me will be presenting tonight's show from the Olympic Park and I'm sure I'm not the only one feeling a tinge of sadness that this great event is coming to an end… thank goodness the Paralympics are starting on 29th August.

Hope you can join us at 6:30pm


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