Selfless fan shows Olympic spirit

A selfless fan has shown his Olympic spirit by offering tickets for the London Games to the friends and family of a British athlete. Londoner Matt De Monte, who had already purchased more than 20 passes for himself from official foreign sellers, bought a further eight for events in which 400m hurdle world champion Dai Greene is likely to compete.

The athlete had expressed his frustration at being unable to gain more than the allocated two tickets for his sessions on Twitter, resulting in Mr De Monte offering his help in finding extra passes for Greene's relatives.

After the star's girlfriend promised Mr De Monte the couple would reimburse him for the cost, the supporter paid £1,500 of his own money to get hold of tickets for Greene's semi-final and final events.

Welshman Greene said the incident embodies the true Olympic spirit and told the BBC: "You don't hear of many stories like this. It's usually just doom and gloom - this is somebody going out of their way to help others."