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17:16 02 May 13
Paralympics lights up London
With a record 4 200 athletes from 166 countries taking part, and an estimated global television audience of around four billion people, the London Paralympics are going to be the biggest ever. The opening ceremony gave us a taste of things to come.
Fireworks light up the sky during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralymic Games in London. Around 80 000 people packed the stadium to witness the spectace.
The Paralympic torch made its way across some of England's most famous landmarks, including London's Tower Bridge in central London.
British scientist Stephen Hawkings appears during the opening ceromony. Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease when he was only 21-years-old.
A crowd of 80 000 people was entertained by some fantastic artists during the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games.
Former Paralympian Margaret Maughan lit the cauldron that bears the Paralympic flame. Maughan won four gold and two silver medals for her country in the 20 years she competed at the Games.
Margaret Maughan looks on after lighting the cauldron.
Athletes enter the stadium during the opening ceremony - 4 280 athletes wil be representing over 160 nations, the biggest number since the Games started in 1960.
Team South Africa will look to improve on the 30 medals they won at the 2008 Beijing Games where they finished in 6th place.
The Chinese team will again be the team to beat at this year's Games. They bagged 211 medals at the Beijing Games in 2008 - 109 medals more than the team that was in second place.
Queen Elizabeth ll declared the London Paralympic Games officially open during the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium.