Five years, six weeks and one day after Derek Derenalagi was declared dead he stepped out into the Olympic stadium to a hero's welcome from 80,000 fans.
This was a Friday night where British swimming medals, so desperately elusive during the Olympics, arrived with a near-rhythmic tinkle, like coins in a Vegas slot. Unfortunately for the boisterous 17,000 crowd in the Aquatics Centre, they came in either silver – five of them – or bronze.
After all those barren Olympic evenings in the Aquatics Centre Great Britain won a gold medal on the very first night of Paralympic swimming.
On the surface it was business as usual.
Its twisted steel structure has provoked endless conjecture about its purpose.
In the past they may have felt overwhelmed at the prospect of following Team GB's world-beating sailors.
Tonight the Paralympics kicks off and brings the country together once more for another huge celebration of sport.
It had none of the bombast of an opening ceremony, not a hint of inflated self-importance.
Mo Farah set a new world record here in Birmingham on Sunday, his time of 8min 27.25sec easily the quickest mark in history for a two-mile victory parade.
It started as a place on the internet where celebrities and sports stars could share amiable updates with their fans across the globe.
The Brazilian 20-year-old double amputee who sprinted from nowhere to shock the world's most famous Paralympian has said he felt "let down" by claims by Oscar Pistorius that he had won his gold medal unfairly.
For the fastest man in the world, he's not the most punctual.
The Olympic Park’s Orbit tower is losing money and costing Londoners £10,000 a week, a senior Labour member of the London assembly has said.
A work colleague went into a fervent rant of epic proportions this morning, describing his attempt to motorbike to work along the A4. Today, of course, was the first official day of the Olympic 'Zil Lanes' - 30 miles of London roads which look like becoming no-go areas until August 12th.
One of the biggest potential stars of the London Olympics has broken cover in the grand manner here in the past two days.
Some of the sports held up as the biggest crowd-pleasers and legacy drivers during the London Olympics have had their funding cut altogether ahead of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.
The Chinese Olympic badminton doubles champion Yu Yang has announced she is quitting the sport, hours after being disqualified from the Olympics for deliberately throwing a match. Beijing, meanwhile, has ordered its badminton team to apologise for the fiasco.
With his grown up and stand out performances for Team GB is Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy misunderstood?
It was not hard to pick out Roald Bradstock at the Aviva Trials. He was the 50-year-old performance artist wearing a tracksuit top from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, over the top of a kit emblazoned with the Union Jack that he had hand-painted. It helped, too, that he threw 72.78m.
The record books tell everything about the cliff face Jessica Ennis-Hill will have to climb when she begins the defence of her Olympic heptathlon title on Friday morning.
Few teams personify that hoary old saw about the fleeting nature of form compared to the permanence of class than the British men’s track cycling sprint team.
Fiji are celebrating their first ever Olympic medal after they outplayed Great Britain from start to finish to win gold in the first Olympic men’s rugby sevens tournament with a 43-7 victory in the final at the Deodoro Stadium in Rio.