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London 2012 Olympic Games

The test event for Athletics was the British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) Championships. This is a view of the pole vault pits in the Olympic Stadium before the start of the competition. It was very cold, even for the time of year (first week of May).

Here is a view of the Olympic Stadium from the warm-up track. The white tent is where the athletes report and then travel along a covered walkway to the stadium.

Nick tests out the starting blocks at the Olympic Stadium.

Here is the Olympic Torch Relay as it passed through Brunel University.

Morning session; first day of the Women's Heptathlon. Here is the start of the 100 m Hurdles. Jessica Ennis (GBR) is in lane 8 (second from the outside). She ran 12.54 s and set a new world heptathlon record for the hurdles. I was in the stadium the next evening for 'Magic Monday', where there were gold medals for Jess in the Heptathlon, Greg Rutherford in the Men's Long Jump, and Mo Farah in the Men's 10 000 m.

Here I am next to the Olympic Flame. It's quite hot when you get close to it. I had tickets for the Qualifying of both the Men's and Women's Pole Vault competitions.

Sitting in the front row watching the Women's Pole Vault Final. Me and Steve Rippon.

Women's Pole Vault Final. Holly Bleasdale (GBR) talking to her coach Julien Raffalli-Ebezant. Holly was disappointed to finish equal sixth with 4.45 m. She cleared 4.55 m in Qualification.

Jenni Suhr (USA) gets mobbed by photographers after her win. Elena Isinbaeva (RUS) is on the left. Jenni and Yarisley Silva (CUB) both cleared 4.75 m, and Elena was third with 4.70 m. It was a cool evening and the winds were tricky. You can see the jumps in the video here.

Men's Pole Vault Qualification. Renaud Lavillenie (FRA) talking to his coach. Half-decent weather back again.

Men's Pole Vault Qualification. Steve Lewis (GBR) talking to his coach. In the background is the defending Olympic champion Steve Hooker (AUS). Steve 'no-heighted' in the Final, as did Brad Walker (USA). Romain Mesnil (FRA) is also in the background (blue and white tracksuit). Romain is famous for the video of him running naked through the streets of Paris.

Sitting in the front row watching the Men's Pole Vault Final. L-R: Luke Vedelago (former Australian pole vaulter), Howard Arbuthnot (Australian medical team), and me.

Here's Renaud Lavillenie (FRA) talking to his younger brother Valentin over the fence. Valentin is also a pole vaulter and was sitting a few seats down from me.

Renaud Lavillenie (FRA) cleared 5.97 m for a new Olympic Record. Bjorn Otto (GER) was second and Raphael Holzdeppe (GER) was third, both with 5.91 m. Steve Lewis (GBR) was equal fifth with 5.75 m. You can see the jumps in the video here.

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