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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

London 2012 photography exhibition opens

3rd May 2012

A new exhibition celebrating the London Olympics has opened in the city as part of the build-up to the Games this summer.

The Museum of London will host the show by photographer Rankin until May 13th. The exhibition focuses on how sport has inspired famous athletes and how London 2012 will help to inspire the next generation.

Photographs featured in the exhibitions show a range of sporting stars including Seb Coe, Denise Lewis, Colin Jackson, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Louise Hazel and James Ellington.

As well as the images by Rankin there will also be pictures from a number of other international photographers featured in the exhibition. These images will focus on how young people from around the world have benefited from the London 2012's international sports legacy programme - International Inspiration.

Seb Coe, chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, said: "Inspired by Sport is celebrating the huge achievements of International Inspiration and captures how sport can be a real change for good. I'm very proud that London 2012 is enabling positive change to happen to millions of children and young people around the world.

"I have been lucky enough to have met some of the young people being reached through the programme and to have seen how it is providing them with more opportunities in life."

Entry is free to the Inspired by Sport exhibition and is one of many attractions of the central museum, which is a popular destination for tourists.

The Museum of London is located close to the Barbican, St Paul's and Moorgate London Underground stations and is well placed for those staying in central London hotels.

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