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Over one million people applied for tickets to London’s 100m final

Chris Chase
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There's going to be about 960,000 disappointed people in London next Aug. 5.

Organizers for next year's Olympics received over one million applications for tickets to the track and field session that will include the 100-meter men's final and, presumably, world record holder Usain Bolt. Only 40,000 seats will be made available to the public for the evening session, ensuring that hundreds of thousands of applicants will be left without a seat when the ticket lottery winners are announced next month.

The opening and closing ceremonies plus all events in track, cycling, rhythmic gymnastics, triathlon, modern pentathlon and equestrian are already sold out. The swimming and tennis programs are nearing capacity as well. Though over 60 percent of applicants have paid for tickets, they don't yet know which events or sessions they have.

Chances are it won't be for track and field on the middle Sunday of the Games. The demand for tickets to see Bolt race the 100 outpaced supply by a factor of 25. It is thought to be the most requested ticket of the Games, surpassing the Opening Ceremony.

Over 1.8 million people sent 20 million applications for Olympic tickets. Organizers say 6.6 million tickets will be available to the general public. A sport-by-sport breakdown of the applications will be released next month.

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