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Swimmer launches Games tickets sale
Around a million tickets have gone on sale for next summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
People have four weeks to apply for a ringside seat at the competition, which will see 71 nations perform across 17 sports.
Elite athletes from around the world will travel to Scotland for the 11-day event beginning on July 23.
Ticket prices start at £15 for adults, with discounts for the under-16s and over- 60s. Games chiefs have pledged that two-thirds of tickets will be priced at £25 or less.
Olympic silver medallist swimmer Michael Jamieson marked the start of sales by plunging into the refurbished pool at the city's Tollcross International Swimming Centre - where he hopes to claim Commonwealth gold next year.
The Glaswegian, who trained at the pool in his youth, said the difference between watching the Games on television and experiencing it as part of the spectator crowd would be "second to none". He added: "There is nothing to beat live sport."
The four-week ticketing phase is open until 6pm on September 16. Ticket applications can be made at glasgow2014.com/tickets or via postal applications forms distributed nationwide.
Initial demand for tickets was said to be "very high" which led to some delays for people trying to access the website.
A statement on the ticketing section of the Games website said: "We are currently experiencing high demand on the website." We are processing ticket applications as quickly as possible and appreciate your patience during this time."
A Glasgow 2014 spokesman said: "We are processing ticket applications as quickly as possible and appreciate people's patience during this time and thank them for their phenomenal support. The website is up and running and thousands of people are already starting and submitting their applications. Due to the very high levels of demand, however, some people may have to queue. It makes no difference whether you apply on the first day, the last or any day in between as long as your application is completed by 6pm on September 16."