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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 July, 2005, 07:40 GMT 08:40 UK
The story of London's Olympic bid
Barbara Cassani pictured in front of St Paul's Cathedral
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London's bid to host the 2012 Olympics gets off the ground on 18 June 2003 as American Barbara Cassani takes charge
An image of how London's 2012 Olympic Park would look
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Cassani and her team build London's bid around plans for a 500-acre Olympic Park at Stratford in the east of the city
Prime Minister Tony Blair makes a speech at London's bid launch in Covent Garden
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On 16 January 2004, Prime Minister Tony Blair launches London's official bid at the Royal Opera House
Lord Coe with Barbara Cassani
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London survives the initial cut in May 2004, but it ranks third of the five candidate cities and Lord Coe replaces Cassani
David Beckham works on a crossword in London's 2012 promotional film
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England football captain David Beckham does his bit for the bid by tackling a crossword in the promotional film
Amber Charles, a basketball player from east London, delivers London's bid book to the IOC in Lausanne
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On 15 November 2004, 14-year-old Amber Charles delivers London's bid file to the International Olympic Committee
The candidate files of Madrid, London, Moscow, New York and Paris at the IOC's headquarters in Lausanne
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There is no turning back now as London's rivals Paris, New York, Madrid and Moscow also submit their plans to the IOC
A London 2012 logo is beamed on to Big Ben
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London's publicity machine goes into overdrive, and opinion polls show public support for the bid is starting to grow
Flags fly in the Mall ahead of London's inspection visit
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Bid flags and banners go up across the city as London braces itself for the IOC evaluation commission visit in February
IOC evaluation commission chairman Nawal El Moutawakel is shown around London
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The English weather intervenes, but Nawal El Moutawakel and her team get a comprehensive rundown on London's plans
The Queen meets IOC member Gilbert Felli at Buckingham Palace
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The highlight of the visit is a lavish dinner with the Queen and Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace
Jade Johnson at the Norwich Union Grand Prix in Birmingham in February
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The bid continues to get maximum exposure as long jumper Jade Johnson models this cheeky outfit in Birmingham
Lord Coe makes a presentation to the Oceania National Olympic Committees in Brisbane in April
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And Lord Coe clocks up the air miles as he goes head-to-head with his rivals in places like Dubrovnik, Brisbane and Berlin
An image using London's landmarks to spell out London 2012
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The UK's newspaper picture editors team up to produce an image to mark the 50-day countdown to the final IOC vote
Prime Minister Tony Blair signs an aeroplane at a London 2012 photocall
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There is a major boost when Blair says he will spend two days in Singapore lobbying for London before the vote on 6 July
London bid leader Lord Coe arrives at the Raffles Hotel to hear if all his hard work has paid off
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London bid leader Lord Coe arrives at the Raffles Hotel to hear if all his hard work has paid off
(l-r) Ken Livingstone, Keith Mills, Lord Sebastien Coe and Amber Charles
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Following the presentation, members of London's bid team face an agonising wait before the winner is announced
Lord Coe takes a moment to reflect on a job well done
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The news is good as London holds off the challenge of Paris to be named host city of the 2012 Olympic Games




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