Building work at the £486million Olympic Stadium was completed yesterday.
London 2012 chairman Lord Coe watched as Frankie Fredericks, a four-time Olympic silver medallist and former world 200 metres champion, laid the last piece of turf on the infield.
It marked the start of the handover of the venue to the London 2012 committee, leaving Lord Coe to note: “This venue is terrific. It is fantastic. I think it will be an intimate theatre for sport and it has fantastic legacy potential too.”