London stages final test events ahead of Olympics

London: Thousands of sports fans braved the rain and cold at the Olympic Park in London on saturday as organizers staged the final test events ahead of the Summer Games.

Student athletes competed in water polo, wheelchair tennis, field hockey and track and field events, watched by around 75,000 spectators.

Saturday marked the first time the main stadium in the heart of the Olympic Park in east London was open to the public for an athletics competition. Organizers said about 40,000 people are expected to attend the official opening of the 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium this evening.

The final test events came after the British military performed a series of operations to test Olympic security, including flights over London by fighter jets and helicopters earlier this week.