STORY:UK Oly Torch- Steve Redgrave and Roger Bannister carry torch in relay to QEII

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Henley-on-Thames - 10 July 2012

1. Five-time British Olympic rowing gold medallist Steve Redgrave inside canoe while holding Olympic torch

2. Various of Redgrave and others rowing down the River Thames

3. Redgrave posing for photo with fellow rowers

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Steve Redgrave, five-time British Olympic rowing gold medallist:

"That was very very special, great atmosphere. I have had some fairly special times but that was pretty good."

5. Redgrave holding Olympic torch as people form a line for him to walk through


Oxford - 10 July 2012

6. Various of Britain's Roger Bannister, who was the first to break the four minute mile 58 years ago, holding Olympic Torch

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Roger Bannister, former British runner and first athlete to break four minute mile:

"Well there are a long line of citizens, including injured soldiers, who have been chosen so I feel it is a great honour to be able to carry the torch and especially on this track, which was the track of course that I ran the four minute mile (1.6 kilometres) so it is a very happy occasion."


FILE: Oxford - 6 May 1954

8. STILL black and white photo of Bannister crossing the finishing line to break four minute mile


Windsor Castle - 10 July 2012

9. Various of Queen Elizabeth II being shown the Olympic torch


A five-time British Olympic rowing gold medallist and the first man to break the four minute mile were among those that carried the Olympic torch on day 53 of the relay on Tuesday.

Roger Bannister carried the Olympic torch across the finish line of the Oxford track where he became the first runner to break the four-minute barrier for the mile 58 years ago.

The 83-year-old Bannister was cheered by hundreds as he walked 30 metres (yards) along the track.

He handed the torch to an Oxford student who then ran a full lap around the track.

Bannister described the opportunity to carry the Olympic torch as a "great honour."

At Henley-on-Thames, five-time Olympic rowing gold medallist Steve Redgrave carried the torch in his left hand and an oar in his right as he helped steer a boat to the Leander rowing club, in front of thousands of spectators.

It may not be the last time as Redgrave is rumoured to be the favourite to light the cauldron at the opening ceremony.

The event was slightly marred by police having to arrest a naked man, who streaked past crowds just before Redgrave received the torch.

Day 53 of the relay ended with the flame visiting Windsor Castle for an audience with Queen Elizabeth II.

The torch is winding its way eight thousand miles (12,900 kilometres) across the country ahead of the July 27-August 12 Olympics.

Organisers say the flame should come within 10 miles (16 kilometres) of 95 percent of the population.

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