The Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) has announced details of the Greek leg of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, including confirmation of the very first Torchbearer.
Running from 10–17 May, the 3,000km Relay will see the Olympic Flame pass through 34 cities and be carried by 500 people.
HOC has announced that Greece’s British-born 10km swimming world champion Spyros Gianniotis will have the honour of being the very first Torchbearer.
Expected to be a major contender for a medal at London 2012, Gianniotis has declared that ‘swimming in London will be like swimming at home’.
On 10 May, a ceremony will be held at the Temple of Hera in Ancient Olympia, where the Flame will be lit using the sun’s rays. It will then begin its journey across Greece, travelling to the island of Crete before going to Piraeus, Thessalonica, Xanthi and Larissa among many other communities.
The Flame will arrive in the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens – site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 – on 17 May, where the Flame will be given to the London 2012 delegation.
When the Olympic Flame arrives in the UK on 18 May, it will travel on a 70-day journey around the country on its way to the Opening Ceremony of London 2012 on 27 July.