Family man turns down £30,000 offer for Olympic 100m final tickets

Jeremy Elmer of Boston who got Olympic tickets for the 100m final.'Pictured with the tickets are his daughter Imogen Elmer 9 and step son Oli James 17.
Jeremy Elmer of Boston who got Olympic tickets for the 100m final.'Pictured with the tickets are his daughter Imogen Elmer 9 and step son Oli James 17.

A BOSTON man said he turned down more than £30,000 for three spare tickets to the Olympic men’s 100m final on Sunday.

But family man Jeremy Elmer opted to take his loved ones instead – wife Angela, daughter Imogen, nine, and step-son Oli James, 17.

“It’s a good job I don’t have a mortgage,” quipped Jeremy, 43. “I refused over £10,000 for each of the tickets – but morally I couldn’t do it.

“I had to take my family as it was really the trip of a lifetime and they were all totally amazed by the whole experience.”

The Standard first spoke to Jeremy, of Seedlands Close, in July when he revealed he had secured four tickets to the sought-after event, but was then undecided who he would take. Friends had pledged money to be in with a chance of being there, but he opted to treat his family instead.

“It was absolutely fantastic, the best sporting event I’ve ever been to,” said Jeremy, who got to see Jamaican Usain Bolt smash the 100m Olympic record with a time of 9.63 seconds.

“The atmosphere was amazing - with a real carnival feel to it, especially as we were seated with lots of Jamaicans,” he said.

“The crowd of 80,000 fell completely silent when they were all lined up waiting for the starter gun, it was amazing.”

The family were also treated to the spectacle of 10,000m winner Mo Farah and long-jump winner Greg Rutherford being given their medals, after winning them the previous day.

Praising the staff and volunteers at the Olympic Stadium, Jeremy added: “All credit to everyone involved and the Olympic committee, they really have done a brilliant job.”