London 2012 Olympics

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Statue to honour London

London Tonight today gets a sneak preview of a new Statue due to be unveiled in Greenwich.

The four-metre high statue of the Greek Godddess Nike -the ancient Greek Goddess of victory- has been created by world-renowned sculptor Pavlos Angelos Kougioumtzis.

It's being presented to London, host city of the 2012 Games, by the Ancient City of Olympia.

The statue is officially unveiled tomorrow.


Mo Farah: "It's the happiest time of your life"

Holly Willoughby, Mo Farah and Phillip Schofield on ITV This Morning set Credit: Twitter: @Schofe

Speaking on ITV's This Morning, he said it was "amazing" to be able to relax and enjoy time with the newborn twins following his gruelling pre-Olympic training regime, which saw him running an average of 17 miles each day.

The Olympic hero said: "It's amazing. As a parent, when you have kids born, it's the happiest time of your life."

He added that after a regime that required him to run around 12 miles in the morning followed by a further five in the afternoon, he was enjoying his rest.

"When you have time off, you can kind of relax," he said.

"You want to catch up on what you miss.

"I love spending time with my family, having a laugh, going to the park, and just doing what normal families do."

Millions 'inspired to volunteer by Games'

Games Makers pose for cameras in the Olympic Park on the final day of the Olympic Games Credit: Reuters

New research has found that nearly 3.5 million people have been inspired to volunteer by the London Olympics.

There were 15,000 volunteers at the opening and closing ceremonies in London, some 70,000 volunteer Games Makers helping run the games, and another 8,000 Team London Ambassadors.


Three hit by mobility vehicle at the Olympic park

Three people received minor injuries at the Olympic Park today after being hit by a mobility vehicle.

A Paralympic Games volunteer, a London 2012 security worker and a member of the public were left lying on the floor after being hit in the legs at around 5.30pm.

Police officers attended the incident and provided first aid.

The vehicles are used to transport ticketholders who are unable to walk around the park.

A volunteer Games Maker at the scene of the accident, who did not want to be named, said: "It went backwards into them. I don't know how it happened."

Mo's Charity Ball

Mo Farah Credit: Martin Rickett / PA Wire

Sports stars from around the world will attend a charity ball tonight to raise money for Mo Farah's East Africa charity.

The Mo Farah Foundation helps to provide life-saving aid to some of the millions of people facing starvation and disease.

Sir Steve Redgrave, Colin Jackson, Patrick Viera, Kolo Toure and Steve Cram are among the current and former sporting greats due to attend the event at the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London, called the Night of Champions.

Mo's Olympic glory inspired by his children

Mo Farah poses with one of the gold medals he won in the London 2012 Olympic Games Credit: Reuters

Mo Farah has revealed he was driven to win double gold in the Olympics so his newly-born twins would have one each.

The 5,000 and 10,000 metre champion, who's from west London, won his races just days before the girls were born.

He says he'll be having their names engraved on each of the medals.

Sande album enjoys Olympic boost

Emeli Sande's appearances at the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies have helped her to overtake Adele with the biggest selling album of the year so far.

Her debut release Our Version Of Events saw its sales swell by a third during London 2012, compared to the previous month.

Sande, 25, has now surpassed Adele's record-breaking 21, selling 3,200 more copies during 2012, according to new figures from the Official Charts Company.

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