This is it: London 2012 gets under way



Taxi drivers in London have brought forward their protest over their exclusion from Olympic lanes after police imposed restrictions. It will now take place at 2pm instead of 5pm.

Here is a summary of today’s key events so far

• The Olympic torch has travelled down the Thames in a rowbarge to City Hall as London prepares for tonight’s opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games. The ceremony starts at 9pm BST, and according to London Olympics chief Lord Coe will be watched by four billion people around the globe. Here’s what we’ve seen of it so far. Bells were rung all over the country at the same time this morning to mark the start of the Games in an artwork by Martin Creed.

• Mitt Romney’s tactless “Romneyshambles” comments about the London Games continue to draw comment. Former Olympic sprinter Carl Lewis said: “Stay home if you don’t know what to say.” Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary, said he was more interested in what Jacques Rogge, the president of the International Olympic Committee, thought, and anyway Britain invented more sports than America did, so there. Reports that his dad is bigger than Romney’s dad cannot be confirmed at time of going to press.

• South Korea have claimed the first two world records of London 2012 in the men’s archery ranking round. Im Dong-hyun, who is registered blind,broke his own individual record for 72 arrows and joined Kim Bubmin and Oh Jin-hyek to set a new team mark for 216 arrows. Meanwhile the South KoreanSailing Federation has apologised on behalf of the coach Lee Jae-cheol after he was sent home from London 2012 for drink driving. There was anger and confusion outside Lord’s, where the archery took place, because the event was advertised as “unticketed” – meaning not open to the public rather than free, as many disappointed archery fans had assumed.

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