The tale of five cities
The five cities vying for the right to hold the 2012 Olympics tried to upstage each other on Wednesday with slick promotional films and soundbites from political leaders and sports personalities.
Paris, New York, Moscow, London and Madrid all had their hour in the spotlight before the International Olympic Committee announced that London as the winner.
London was awarded the 2012 Games after the most bitterly fought bid battle in Olympic history.
A look at the final bid presentations of the five cities to the IOC in Singapore, on Wednesday:
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