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First Olympic Torchbearer Revealed

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4:04pm 10th May 2012
(Updated 4:04pm 10th May 2012)

Cornwall's Ben Ainslie will be the first to carry the Olympic Torch in the UK.

The Mylor sailor will start the relay at Land's End in two weeks.

The athlete who is going for Olympic gold number four at the London games says, "I am extremely honoured to be the first Torchbearer at the start of the 70 day Olympic Torch Relay. It will be an amazing experience to be able to carry the Olympic Flame in the area that I grew up in".

LOCOG Chairman Sebastian Coe says, "Ben is one of 8000 Torchbearers who will carry the Olympic Flame during the Relay. AtLand's End he will pass the Flame to 18 year old Anastassia Swallow, a Torchbearer from the Coca-Cola nomination campaign".

Tassy is a surfer from St Ives.

4:04pm 10th May 2012

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