A GOLDEN opportunity awaits a Boston man after securing tickets to a highly sought-after event at the 2012 London Olympics.
Sports fan Jeremy Elmer, of Seedlands Close, has scored four tickets to the men’s 100m final and semi-final on August 5 – which he describes as ‘like winning the Lottery’.
More than a million people applied the 40,000 available tickets for the event, which should see the favourite-to-win Jamaican Usain Bolt try to break his world record of 9.58 seconds.
“The tickets are very rare, so I feel very lucky indeed,” said Jeremy, 43. “In fact, I’ve stopped playing the National Lottery now because of it and I keep the tickets in a bank security vault as they are so valuable.”
Jeremy said he had tried to get tickets for the Games opening ceremony but was unsuccessful.
“I didn’t manage to get those, but to have four tickets to the 100m final is great - even though it will only last around nine seconds long.”
However, once the event is over Jeremy will have a race on himself as he has to leave his home at around 5.30am the following morning to catch a flight to Majorca.
“There is a bit of an issue as I booked the family holiday before I knew I had the tickets, and we are flying from East Midlands airport, not a London one, so it will mean coming back late that night.
“But it will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and despite negativity from some people about the Olympics, I do think it wil be really good for the country.”
Seeing the spectacle of big international sports events is not new to Jeremy, who has a nine-year-old daughter, Imogen, and 17-year-old step-son, Oli.
“I’ve been to several FA cup finals, Formula One races and I was at the Wimbledon semi-final this year to see Andy Murray too,” he said.
Regarding the four tickets, Jeremy said he is not sure who will take the other three. “It will either be family or friends,” he said. “I’ve not decided yet.”