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The verdict from the candidate cities

BBC News asked readers living in the five candidate cities to give us their views on London winning the 2012 Olympic bid.

Read their accounts of disappointment, jubilation and indifference at the final decision.

Crowds in London's Trafalgar Square celebrate
CPS:STYLE NAME="smaller">Jonathan Hawkings"The 2012 Olympics will regenerate the east end and make it the epicentre for sport in London"

A woman supporting the Paris Olympic bid reacts outside the Paris town hall
CPS:STYLE NAME="smaller">Thierry Aballéa "We were very careful not to be too arrogant and confident that we would win"

Crowds in Madrid react to the decision
CPS:STYLE NAME="smaller">David Jimenez"The Olympic spirit is also lacking in London. Here there was massive support for the Games"

Statue of Liberty in New York, USA
CPS:STYLE NAME="smaller">Nicole Nelson "The New York bid was more about justifying a stadium for the Jets football team than welcoming Olympians"

St Basil's Cathedral in Red Square, Moscow
CPS:STYLE NAME="smaller">Rajesh Gehani "We will come back stronger in 2016, having learnt lessons from this bid"

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