London is right on track for the Olympics: Five arenas already fit for 2012 Games


London calling: The Olympic Park is taking shape with work on five of the arenas, including the Olympic Stadium, Basketball Arena, Velodrome and the Aquatics Centre all complete

With less than 250 days until the start of the London 2012 Olympics, these stunning pictures reveal how work on the nine venues is nearing completion.

Taken from the sky above Stratford in east London, the photographs offer the clearest indication of how the showpiece stadiums will look ahead of next summer's Games.

Construction has already been completed on five of the arenas, including the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre, Velodrome, Handball and Basketball Arenas.

Designers completed work on the Olympic Stadium in March following an operation that cost £486 million.

The stadium will be the main venue for several track and field events, including the standout men's 100metres final, where all eyes will be on Jamaican Usain Bolt, as he attempts to break his world record 9.58 seconds run - which he set at the 2009 World Athletics Championships in Berlin.

The Olympic Stadium was the second major venue on the Olympic Park to be finished, after the Velodrome was unveiled in February.

The 6,000-seat venue will play host to the main cycling events and reportedly cost Olympic chiefs around £93m, less than the initial forecast.

Centre of attention: Work on the Olympic Stadium, the main venue for the 2012 Games has finished

Another venue that has been opened by London 2012 officials is the Aquatics Centre, which will welcome the world's best swimmers, with British hopeful Tom Daley looking to add to his two gold medals which he won at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

The £269 million wave-shaped venue, was the fifth and final venue to be finalised after more than 160,000 tonnes of soil was dug out to make way for the structure.

The iconic stadium which houses two 50 metre pools and a diving pool, can seat 17,500 spectators during the Games but will revert to a 2,500-seat facility after the competition.

Causing a splash: The wave-shaped Aquatics Centre where the world's best swimmers will gather cost £269m

Jumping through hoops: Olympic chiefs were boosted with news that the basketball stadium was completed ahead of schedule

Meanwhile, the 12,000-seat basketball arena was completed, a mere 15 months after building work began.

It will host men's and women's group matches in the basketball competition, as well as the women's quarter-finals. The rest of the knockout stages will be held in the O2 Arena in Greenwich.

Standing at 35metres high, the venue is set to be dismantled after the Games despite its impressive and unique structure.

source: dailymail


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