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OLYMPIC GYMNASTIC bronze medallist Louis Smith has sympathised with the people who applied for tickets but will not get to see next year’s Olympic Games in London.

Out of the almost 2 million people who applied for tickets in the first allocation round last month, 700,000 were successful and many spectators were given tickets for events they did not apply for.

Smith, who won bronze on the pommel horse at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, felt sorry for all the applicants who have been left empty handed but is still expecting an electric atmosphere at the 02 Arena which is where the gymnastics will take place.

The 22-year-old from Peterborough told the Voice of Sport:

“It is a bit disappointing that some close friends didn’t perhaps get their tickets but at the same time there’s going to be thousands of thousands of people supporting me and getting behind the GB team so it’s not all a loss.”

“I mean it’s slightly disappointing but at the same time any support is good support. At the end of the day there’s like 22,000 people going to be watching in the 02 Arena.”

Like many British competitors Smith cannot wait to perform in front of a home crowd next summer.

“Being able to compete in Beijing was phenomenal but to go to London 2012 at my age, at that pinnacle it would just be a dream come true,” said Smith.

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