More people may be keen to put on their running shoes
and emulate their athletic heroes if they are successful in acquiring tickets for next year's Olympic Games.
The deadline for applications closed yesterday (April 27th) and a total of 1.8 million people sought 20 million tickets between them, London 2012 organisers have revealed.
Chairman of the body Lord Coe noted: "We are thrilled with the response right across the board, in all sports and all sessions."
Half of the sessions have been oversubscribed, meaning ballots will be necessary, with the opening ceremony receiving ten times as many requests as there are tickets available.
Those who will be able to see the best sprinters, hurdlers and marathon runners may be among those who invest in some new running gear
to help boost their own athletic performance.
People living outside London will be able to see some of the action outside the capital, with sailing down at Weymouth and football in Manchester, Cardiff, Coventry, Newcastle and Glasgow.