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06 Aug 2012
London 2012 , IOC News

Spectators flood to watch Olympic action

Interest in the sporting action at the Olympic Games has taken off during the first half of the 16-day programme with the main Olympic venues packed with spectators.

More than 5.1 million people watched the competition at venues across the UK during the first half of the Olympic Games, with more than 719,000 – representing 92 percent capacity – spectating at the Olympic Park on Saturday, dubbed “Super Saturday” and widely seen as the busiest day of the Games programme with some 25 medal events taking place.

Some 60,000 people turned out to watch the women’s triathlon in central London and the capital’s streets were similarly packed with enthusiastic crowds as the women’s marathon took place on Sunday.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon was equally busy, with a capacity crowd of 15,000 at centre court for the final of the men’s singles contest between Britain’s Andy Murray and Roger Federer of Switzerland plus thousands of others who watched on live screens within the tennis venue’s grounds.

Gilbert Felli, IOC executive director for the Olympic Games, said: “We can feel the atmosphere in the stadium, in the city, along the roads with all the open venues, how people are supporting the Games and how they are supporting the athletes.”

“”I have been to 18 sports already to talk to the presidents and the officials of the federations and all of them are very happy with what LOCOG have done to prepare for them and support the athletes to be in the best conditions as possible.”

It’s not just at the venues where large numbers of people are gathering to watch the sports action. Big screens at live sites across the UK are attracting huge crowds as people cheer on the athletes.

Super Saturday saw a total of 350,000 people visit these sites across the country, including Hyde Park in London, where the main Olympic Games action can be viewed on five giant screen with live music performances and have-a-go sports activities available on site.

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