106-year-old becomes oldest torchbearer in Olympic history

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There may be few records to be set at the Rio 2016 Olympics , but at the initial step a record has already been made.

Aida Gemanque,106 years old, affectionately known as Grandma Iaiá, became the oldest torchbearer in Olympic history when she carried the Rio 2016 Torch.
She carried the flame in Macapa, Brazil.

Gemanque broke the record formerly held by Alexander Kaptarenko, who was 101 when he took part in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics relay.
“I am overjoyed. I have to be grateful for this joy, which I never expected in my life. I am immensely proud,” Gemanque quoted.

“We fight for fair development and the well-being for all black women, ancestral warriors, of the present and future,” Almeida said. “This is what the Olympic flame represents for us.”

The 95-day torch relay will pass through 325 Brazilian cities and involve some 12,000 runners before ending at Rio’s Maracana Stadium for the lighting of the Olympic cauldron on August 5.

 

wefornews bureau

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