Five million spectators welcomed so far to London 2012

Five million spectators welcomed so far to London 2012

As the Olympic Games pass the halfway mark, the London 2012 Organising Committee has revealed it has welcomed more than five million spectators through the doors of its venues so far.

The Olympic Park alone has seen more than one million visitors since the Games began, according to official reports.

People inside venues, across the UK and around the world have enjoyed fantastic sporting action, including 85 Olympic records and 32 world records

Across the Games, 428 medals have been won by athletes from 58 countries so far.

A total of 85 Olympic records have been set, including 32 world records.

LOCOG chair Seb Coe said: “We have done everything we possibly could to create the environment for the athletes to perform.

“Everything we have done is aimed at giving the athletes the best shot at that crucial moment in their lives.”

Some of the most special moments came on Super Saturday, when 25 gold medals were awarded - including six to Team GB.

Talking about the day, Seb commented: “For me it probably was the greatest day of sport I have ever witnessed.”

The spectacle continued on Sunday for British sports fans, with Andy Murray taking gold in the men’s singles tennis.

Ben Ainslie also became the greatest sailing Olympian of all time, taking a fourth consecutive gold in the Finn class.

Spectators in every venue are enjoying the action and showing great enthusiasm for every team and every sport.

Flags, face paints and cheering have become the norm, creating an electric atmosphere for the athletes.

Outside of venues, big screens across the UK are attracting huge crowds - yesterday saw around 300,000 visitors watching sport in city centre locations.

The London 2012 website has also become the world’s most visited sports website, with 25 million visits alone yesterday, 25 per cent of which came from the UK.

LOCOG chief executive Paul Deighton said of the Games so far: “My overwhelming feeling is one of pride. 

“I am very proud of the show the UK is putting on, of the tremendous performance of our athletes and I’m very proud of my team which has given its heart and soul to these Games over the last seven years.

“I am also very proud of our brilliant volunteers who seem to be having an extraordinary impact on everyone they meet.

“The stars of the Games so far are the athletes and we are delighted to give them the stage to shine on, but they are telling us the stars are the crowds - their passion and the atmosphere they are creating is just incredible.”