16 Mar '11, 1am

London's Olympic countdown clock stopped just hours after being unveiled, then began counting the wrong way

London's Olympic countdown clock stopped just hours after being unveiled, then began counting the wrong way

A technician works on the Olympic countdown clock which stopped just hours after being unveiled. -- PHOTO: REUTERS LONDON - THE electronic clock counting down the 500 days to the start of the 2012 London Olympics stopped on Tuesday in an embarrassing glitch less than a day after it was unveiled in a glitzy launch. The steel clock made by Omega in London's Trafalgar Square ground to a halt at 500 days, seven hours, six minutes and 56 seconds, then began counting the wrong way before a technician arrived to repair it, an AFP reporter said. Omega said in a statement: 'We are obviously very disappointed that the clock has suffered this technical issue. 'The Omega London 2012 countdown clock was developed by our experts and fully tested ahead of the launch in Trafalgar Square. 'We are currently looking into why this happened and expect to have the clock functioning as normal as...

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