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  • After 68 Days Travelling Around The UK The Olympic Torch Reaches Central London Ahead Of The Opening Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: The Olympic Torch is seen in front of a London Bus as a torch bearer carrries the Olympic Torch through Central London on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

  • After 68 Days Travelling Around The UK The Olympic Torch Reaches Central London Ahead Of The Opening Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: The Olympic Torch is seen in detail as a torch bearer carrries the Olympic Torch through Central London on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

  • After 68 Days Travelling Around The UK The Olympic Torch Reaches Central London Ahead Of The Opening Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: A torch bearer carrries the Olympic Torch on a London Bus through Central London on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

  • The LOCOG handout photo shows torchbearer Fabrice Muamba lightning the cauldron on the Torch Relay leg between the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Hackney Saturday, July 21, 2012. The Flame arrives at the Olympic stadium for the Opening Ceremony on July 27, 2012. (AP Photo/LOCOG, Joe Giddens)

  • Actress Ino Menegaki, acting as high pri

    Actress Ino Menegaki, acting as high priestess holds the torch carrying the Olympic Flame on May 10, 2012 during the lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 B.C. The Olympic flame was lit in Ancient Olympia in Greece, in a solemn ceremony filled with mystery and tradition that signals the final countdown to the start of this year's summer Games in London. AFP PHOTO / Aris Messinis (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • The photo provided by LOCOG shows torchbearers Nadia Comaneci, right, and John Amaechi posing with the Olympic Torch on the viewing platform of the North Greenwich Arena, London, Saturday, July 21, 2012. (AP Photo/LOCOG, Gareth Fuller)

  • Robin Knox Johnson

    Sir Robin Knox Johnson, 73, right, runs with the Olympic torch past the Cutty Sark ship, Saturday, July 21, 2012, in Greenwich, London. The Olympic Torch arrived in London after it was carried around England in a relay of torchbearers to make its way to the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony on July 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • The Olympic Torch Arrives In London

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 20: Dame Kelly Holmes lights her torch as Marine Martyn Williams holds the flame during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay on July 20, 2012 in London, England. The Olympic Flame is now on day 63 of a 70-day relay involving 8,000 torchbearers covering 8,000 miles. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

  • Robin Knox Johnson

    Sir Robin Knox Johnson, 73, runs with the Olympic torch past the Cutty Sark ship, Saturday, July 21, 2012, in Greenwich, London. The Olympic Torch arrived in London after it was carried around England in a relay of torchbearers to make its way to the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony on July 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • British Royal Marine Commando Martyn Wil

    British Royal Marine Commando Martyn Williams abseils with the Olympic Flame from a helicopter down to the Tower of London, on July 20, 2012. The Olympic flame made a dramatic arrival in London on Friday to tour the capital before it plays a starring role in the opening ceremony in one week's time. AFP PHOTO / Andrew Cowie (Photo credit should read Andrew Cowie/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Britain's former athlete Dame Kelly Holm

    Britain's former athlete Dame Kelly Holmes poses for pictures after receiving the Olympic Flame at the Tower of London, on July 20, 2012. The Olympic flame made a dramatic arrival in London on Friday to tour the capital before it plays a starring role in the opening ceremony in one week's time. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Actress Ino Menegaki, acting as high pri

    Actress Ino Menegaki, acting as high priestess holds the torch carrying the Olympic Flame on May 10, 2012 during the lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 B.C. The Olympic flame was lit in Ancient Olympia in Greece, in a solemn ceremony filled with mystery and tradition that signals the final countdown to the start of this year's summer Games in London. AFP PHOTO / Aris Messinis (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Actress Ino Menegaki, acting as high pri

    Actress Ino Menegaki, acting as high priestess holds an urn carrying the Olympic Flame on May 10, 2012 during the lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 B.C. The Olympic flame was lit in Ancient Olympia in Greece, in a solemn ceremony filled with mystery and tradition that signals the final countdown to the start of this year's summer Games in London. AFP PHOTO / Aris Messinis (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • The first torch barrier swimmer Spyros G

    The first torch barrier swimmer Spyros Gianniotis runs with the Olympic flame on May 10, 2012 during the lighting ceremony at the ancient site of Olympia, the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 B.C. The ceremony marks the start of a week-long torch relay, which will take it to five major Greek archaeological sites, including the Acropolis, before it arrives at the old Olympic stadium in Athens, site of the first modern Games in 1896. AFP PHOTO/ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Actresses perform during the lighting ce

    Actresses perform during the lighting ceremony on May 10, 2012 in ancient Olympia the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 B.C. The Olympic flame was lit in Ancient Olympia in Greece today, in a solemn ceremony filled with mystery and tradition that signals the final countdown to the start of this year's summer Games in London. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Actresses, acting as priestesses perform

    Actresses, acting as priestesses perform on May 10, 2012 during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony at the ancient site of Olympia, the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 B.C. The ceremony marks the start of a week-long torch relay, which will take it to five major Greek archaeological sites, including the Acropolis, before it arrives at the old Olympic stadium in Athens, site of the first modern Games in 1896. AFP PHOTO / Aris Messinis (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Actress Ino Menegaki, acting as high pri

    Actress Ino Menegaki, acting as high priestess, holds the torch carrying the Olympic Flame on May 10, 2012 during the lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 B.C. The Olympic flame was lit in Ancient Olympia in Greece, in a solemn ceremony filled with mystery and tradition that signals the final countdown to the start of this year's summer Games in London. AFP PHOTO / Aris Messinis (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • The first torch barrier swimmer Spyros G

    The first torch barrier swimmer Spyros Gianniotis runs with the Olympic flame on May 10, 2012 during the lighting ceremony at the ancient site of Olympia, the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 B.C. The ceremony marks the start of a week-long torch relay, which will take it to five major Greek archaeological sites, including the Acropolis, before it arrives at the old Olympic stadium in Athens, site of the first modern Games in 1896. AFP PHOTO / Angelos Tzortzinis (Photo credit should read ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Actress Ino Menegaki, acting as high pri

    Actress Ino Menegaki, acting as high priestess, passes the Olympic flame to the first torch bearer, swimmer Spyros Gianniotis on May 10, 2012 during the lighting ceremony at the ancient site of Olympia the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 B.C. The ceremony marks the start of a week-long torch relay, which will take it to five major Greek archaeological sites, including the Acropolis, before it arrives at the old Olympic stadium in Athens, site of the first modern Games in 1896. AFP PHOTO / Angelos Tzortzinis (Photo credit should read ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Actresses perform a Greek ancient dance

    Actresses perform a Greek ancient dance during the lighting ceremony on May 10, 2012 in ancient Olympia the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 B.C. The Olympic flame was lit in Ancient Olympia in Greece, in a solemn ceremony filled with mystery and tradition that signals the final countdown to the start of this year's summer Games in London. AFP PHOTO / Angelos Tzortzinis (Photo credit should read ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

LONDRES (AP) — Después de años de preparativos y un recorrido de 12.900 kilómetros (8.000 millas), la antorcha olímpica llega a Londres.

El infante de marina Martyn Williams se apresta a descender de un helicóptero con la llama olímpica el viernes por la noche dentro de los muros de piedra de la Torre de Londres.

La llegada del comando deposita el símbolo de los juegos en el centro histórico de la ciudad, que había organizado antes la gran fiesta deportiva en 1948.

Para los londinenses es motivo de entusiasmo.

Los organizadores trataron de engalanar el ambiente. La línea de subterráneos de Londres presenta grandes signos en colores para señalar las rutas de las sedes olímpicas. Por todos lados se ven avisos con caricaturas para recordar las fechas de los juegos. Se están erigiendo barreras para reservar los carriles exclusivos para los participantes en las olimpíadas.

Los londinenses que ya de por sí luchan en las horas de mayor tránsito para ir y volver del trabajo no están demasiado entusiasmados, y el ánimo general se ha visto empañado por una lluvia interminable.

Pero los juegos ya están a la vuelta de la esquina. Los carteles olímpicos de color rosa, amarillo y verde lima han pintado el rostro a la ciudad. Las rechonchas mascotas, Wenlock y Mandeville, danzan por el centro de Londres tratando de ganar admiradores. Los famosos autobuses londinenses de dos pisos muestran avisos para publicitar las entradas de eventos olímpicos que resta por vender.

Los estadios están prácticamente listos. En la Villa Olímpica, Cuba y Dinamarca fueron los primeros en colgar banderas desde sus balcones. El reloj olímpico en la Plaza Trafalgar ya tiene un solo dígito.

Todo está listo para la gran fiesta deportiva mundial.