Olympic Legends Carry Flame Through South Shields

16 June 2012, 10:29

Double gold medal-winning distance runner Haile Gebrselassie and Great North Run founder Brendan Foster have carried the Olympic Torch through the Great North Run finish line at South Shields.

On Day 29 of the Olympic Torch relay across the UK, the two former Olympians ran under the gantry which had been specially put up for the event.

Gebrselassie, from Ethiopia, is four-time world champion and won gold in the 10,000m at the Atlanta and Sydney games.

Foster won his bronze over the same distance in 1976.

The athletes' handover took place at 8.20am this morning (Saturday 16th June) in front of a crowd of a couple of thousand people on The Leas, who all came down to see the event, despite the rain.

Pictured Below: Double gold medal-winning distance runner Haile Gebrselassie and Great North Run founder Brendan Foster 

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The two former Olympians even had time to stop and chat to Capital's Anna Harding
 

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