Olympic ceremony triumph: Isles of Wonder album at No 1

Jul 30, 2012

Olympic diary: Music from the show a smash hit, but flame goes out as cauldron moves


The London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony album, called Isles of Wonder, is number one in the iTunes store in the UK, France, Belgium, and Spain, reports The Guardian. It has also reached number two in the United States, and two on Amazon's bestselling downloads. The compilation sold more than 10,000 copies in the first 24 hours after its release. It includes tracks from Dizzee Rascal, Underworld, Emeli Sande, and David Bowie that featured in the acclaimed opening ceremony.

The Olympic cauldron was extinguished on Sunday evening. London 2012 organisers confirmed it was put out to allow staff to reposition the cauldron within the stadium, reports The Daily Telegraph. A spokesman said that the flame was kept alight in a lantern until the cauldron was relit on Monday. The positioning of the cauldron has been a cause of some controversy, since the flame cannot be seen from outside the stadium.

Teachers, schoolchildren, and off-duty armed forces member could be called in to fill empty seats at Olympics venues, reports The Independent, and Lord Moynihan, head of the British Olympic Association, has called for a "30-minute rule", meaning any seat not occupied half-an-hour before an event begins is offered to the public. There were empty seats near the finish line as cyclist Lizzie Armitstead claimed Team GB's first medal, and in gymnastics and swimming venues. A Kuwaiti swimmer, whose relatives could not get tickets, called the situation "ridiculous".

The father of Madurha Nagendra, the Indian student who marched alongside the Indian flagbearer during the opening ceremony, has claimed the incident was just a "misunderstanding" after Indian authorities demanded an explanation for the alleged “security breach”, reports The Daily Telegraph. KL Nagendra said his daughter was part of the ceremony and added: "One of the organisers asked her to walk along with the team." Indian officials are unhappy that a non-team member was able to join the procession.

Team GB divers Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield will take on competition from China and Germany's men’s synchronised 10m platform teams in the final today at 14.55. Team GB men's gymnastics team, who made history after qualifying for the team final in third place, compete in the team final today at 16.25. Finally, American swimmer Ryan Lochte is the favourite to win the men's 200m freestyle, which will be taking place at 19.43 tonight.

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