Lee Seung-gi, a Korean singer and actor, completed what he dubbed a once-in-a-life-time mission as a torch bearer for the upcoming London Olympics yesterday (Korean time), according to his agents.
Attending the “Korean Runners’ Day Torch Relay” along with 23 other Koreans, Lee ran 320 meters (0.19 miles) from Stratford Avenue to Manchester Road in Rochdale, northeast of Manchester, on Saturday (local time), the agency said. A total of 164 runners attended the relay on the day. “It’s my honor to be able to join the Olympics, a worldwide festival, through the torch relay,” Lee said after the relay.
Samsung Electronics, an official sponsor of the London Olympics, has selected 1,360 people from 58 countries for the torch relay, which started on May 19 in nearly 1,000 cities in England.
The relay, which covers the distance of 12,874 kilometers in total, is scheduled to arrive in downtown London two days prior to the opening of the Olympics.
By Moon Gwang-lip