Spyros Gianniotis Will Be the First to Carry the London 2012 Olympic Flame

    Spyros Gianniotis

    Spyros Gianniotis, a Greek swimmer born in Liverpool, will be the first to carry the London 2012 Olympic flame.

    Gianniotis, who won open water swimming gold at last year’s World Championship in Shanghai, will be the first of 500 torchbearers who will take the flame on its eight-day 3,000km journey from the Temple of Hera in Olympia to the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, the site of the first modern Olympics in 1896.

    It will then be handed over to a London 2012 representative, who will take it on a specially chartered gold plane to commence the 70-day relay around the UK one day later.

    International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge and senior organising committee officials, including chairman Seb Coe and chief executive Paul Deighton, will be present when the flame is kindled from the rays of the sun in ancient Olympia.

    The Greek leg of the relay is organised by the Hellenic Olympic Committee, who claimed the economic crisis in the country would not prevent the celebrations.



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