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With the opening ceremony of London 2012 just days away, we look back at some iconic pictures over the last 100 years of the Olympic games
Bob Beamon of El Paso, Texas digs his feet into the sand pit after a record-shattering long jump of 8.90 meters on his first attempt in the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City in 1968.
Michael Phelps of the United States celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 4x100-meter medley relay final at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Muhammad Ali watches as the flame rises to the Olympic torch during the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.
Great Britain's Rebecca Adlington celebrates winning the Women's 400m Freestyle final at Beijing's National Aquatic Center in 2008.
Sweden's Arvid Sandberg, bronze medallist in the high diving in the Olympic Ceremony in 1908.
Great Britain's Cyclist Chris Hoy celebrates after riding the final lap to win the gold medal in the Mens Team Sprint Event at the Laoshan Velodrome during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
The Black Power Salute of 1968. Extending gloved hands skyward in racial protest, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos stare downward during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200 metre run at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City on Oct. 16, 1968.
U.S. Swimmer Mark Spitz gives the "V for Victory" signal after winning a fourth gold medal at the Munich Summer Olympic Games with a victory in the final of the 200-meter butterfly event in 1972.
The sun shines through an Olympic flag, Beijing, China in 2008.
The teams lined up during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games as 2500 pigeons are released at Wembley in 1948.
China's Liang Huo in the Men's 10 Metres Platform final at the National Aquatics Center during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, China.
Britain's double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes, celebrates in London's Trafalgar Square, after London was awarded the 2012 Olympic Games in 2005. Crowds in London cheered and waved flags as they heard that their city had overtaken Paris to win the 2012 Olympics. The announcement by the International Olympic Committee in Singapore was shown on giant screen Trafalgar Square in central London, and in the east London area where the Olympic village is soon to host the London 2012.
Our very own Jonathan Edwards is overcome with emotion after winning the Gold medal in the Men's Triple Jump at the Olympic Games in Sydney.
Daley Thompson celebrates winning gold with a new world record points total of 8847n in the 1984 Olympic Games in LA.
USA's Michael Johnson celebrates winning gold and smashing the world record Men's 200m final in 1996, Atlanta.
The beacon is lit by a flame to mark the opening of the Olympic Games at Wembley in 1948.
Sir Steve Redgrave (left) and Matthew Pinsent with their gold medals after winning the Coxless pairs at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, USA.
Jesse Owens, USA, at the start of the final in 1936, which he won in a world record time of 20.7. Adolf Hitler had intended the Games to showcase the superiority of the Aryan race - but Jesse Owens had other ideas!
Our home grown talent Dame Kelly Holmes is in disbelief as she crosses the line to win the gold medal.
Linford Christie begins his Olympic campaign in the mens 100m heats in 1996.
Simply magical: perfection on the Rings in 1980. Not sure we'll ever be able to do that...
The Olympic flame burns alongside the Olympic flag in 1998.
Daley Thompson celebrates a good throw in the discus on his way to setting a new world record in 1984.
How things have changed! Lady archers in competition at the 1908 London Olympic Games... quite different from our Stella McCartney kit for 2012.
General view of the White City, in the main stadium for the 1908 Olympics, London.