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    Soldiers have been drafted in to fill empty seats at the London 2012 Olympics after prime blocks of seating at the Aquatics Centre and gymnastics arena went unused on the first day of competition.

    Troops were despatched to the North Greenwich Arena this morning to take up seats left empty by accredited officials from Olympic and sporting federations, as well as some sponsors and members of the media. More troops, many of whom had their leave cancelled to provide emergency cover after the organisers failed to find enough security guards, will be issued with last-minute invites to take seats in venues when blocks of seats are found to be empty, the games organisers said this morning

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    The US women’s football team recreate their own version of Miley Cyrus’s single ‘Party in the USA’ in an effort to boost spirits for the London 2012 Olympic games. The video ends with a message to fans: ‘Enjoy the journey. Don’t tell us. Don’t show us. Move us!’

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    Watch video highlights from day one of the Olympics including Alexandr Vinokourov winning the men’s cycling road race, Michael Phelps failing to get on the podium in the 400m individual medley final, a 16-year-old from China setting a swimming world record and more

  4. Catch up with the Olympics opening ceremony


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