Comaneci lights up roof as torch tours London

Jul 22, 2012, 08:26 IST | AFP

Olympics legend Nadia Comaneci carried the 2012 torch on the roof of the North Greenwich Arena as the flame began a seven-day tour of London that will culminate at the Games opening ceremony.

The perfect 10-scoring Romanian gymnast, who won five gold medals over the 1976 and 1980 Olympics, passed the flame on to British ex-NBA basketball star John Amaechi atop the former Millennium Dome, which will host the artistic and trampoline gymnastics as well as the basketball finals. 

Olympic torch bearers John Amaechi (left) and Nadia Comaneci atop the North Greenwich Arena in London. pic/AFP

The flame spent the night at the Tower of London, where the British sovereign’s ceremonial jewels are kept, following a dramatic arrival in the city on Friday, a week before the opening ceremony on July 27. It was flown in on a Royal Navy helicopter and lowered to the ground by a marine commando carring it in a Davy lamp attached to his waist. The final seven days in London are the last legs of an 12,800-kilometre journey around Britain. 

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