Olympic flame bet winners
After weeks of speculation about who would light the Olympic flame at Friday night's opening ceremony, it was a result that no one had predicted.
Bookmakers had been offering odds on a range of public figures lighting the cauldron, including various famous British Olympians such as Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Roger Bannister, Dame Kelly Holmes and Daley Thompson, but the honour instead went to a group of seven young athletes who are tipped to be future stars.
The youngsters, each one nominated by a GB Olympic legend, lit the copper petals which set the cauldron alight and William Hill, Sky Bet and Betfred reacted by refunding all bets on the market, whilst other bookies paid out on Steve Redgrave, who ran into the stadium with the flame before handing it to one of the 'future stars'.
Best of all, and in the spirit of the games, Paddy Power, Bet365 and Ladbrokes all paid out on each of the 7 legends who were involved in the ceremony: Steve Redgrave, Mary Peters, Kelly Holmes, Daley Thompson, Duncan Goodhew, Lynne Davies and Shirley Thompson.
Redgrave had been odds on favourite at 4/7 before the event, but the likes of Thompson (25/1), Holmes (33/1) and Peters (50/1) had also been well backed and Paddy Power reported that the gesture cost them a six-figure sum.
It was an unbelievable end to what had been a spectacular show choreographed by film-maker Danny Boyle and the three-hour extravaganza viewed worldwide was deemed an overwhelming success.
Immediately after the ceremony William Hill offered 4/1 on Boyle being knighted in the New Year's honours list, but that price was quickly snapped up and the odds have now been slashed to just Evens (TV/Specials > New Year's Honours).