The birth of the London Marathon

CAE Use of English Part 1: Multiple Choice Exercise 6

For questions 1-8, read the text below and decide which answer (A, B, C or D) best fits each gap.
There is an example at the beginning: (0) A former , B final, C aftermost, D utmost

The birth of the London Marathon

ln 1979, hours after having run the New York Marathon, the (0) A former Olympic champion Chris Brasher wrote an article for The Observer newspaper which began: "To believe this story you must believe that the human race is one joyous, happy family, working together, laughing together, (1) ....... the impossible. Last Sunday, in one of the most trouble-stricken cities in the world, 11,532 men and women from 40 countries in the world, assisted by over a million black, white and yellow people, laughed, cheered and suffered during the greatest folk festival the world has seen." Enchanted with the sight of people coming together for such an occasion, he concluded by questioning "... whether London could (2)........ such a festival?"
Within months the London Marathon was born, with Brasher making trips to America to study the race organisation and finance of big city marathons such as New York and Boston, the oldest in the world. He (3)........ a contract with Gillette worth $50,000, established the organisation's charitable (4) ....., and (5)....... down six main aims for the event, which he not only hoped would echo the scenes he had witnessed in New York, but also put Britain firmly on the (6)........ as a country capable of organising major events.
His vision was realised on March 29th 1981, with the (7)...... London Marathon (8)........ to be an instant success. More than 20,000 people applied to run: 7,747 were accepted and 6,255 crossed the finish line on Constitution Hill as cheering crowds lined the route.