As the torch passed the Gielgud theatre, where Chariots of Fire is currently playing, Vangelis' iconic theme song, first written for the 1981 film was pumped out by the theatre's speaker system, drowning out the music of the attendant Olympic sponsor vehicles.
At a press conference after the procession had passed, Vangelis spoke of the 'incredible experience after all these years... to finally see the live flame.'
El Moutawakel later attended the press briefing and told Vangelis that the soundtrack to Chariots of Fire had inspired her athletic victories, and also claimed that London's Olympic spirit bettered that of the Athens, Sydney and other games she had attended.
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