Monday , 23 May 2022

The oldest Torch Bearer in the history of the Olympic Games!

There may be 49 days until Rio 2016 Olympic Games begin, but we already have an Olympic record. At 106 years old, Aida Gemanque, known affectionately as Grandma Iaiá, became the oldest torchbearer in Olympic history when she carried the Rio 2016 Torch. “I am overjoyed. I have to be grateful for this joy, which I never expected in my life. I am immensely proud,” she said just after lighting the celebration cauldron in Macapá, the capital of Amazonian state Amapá.

Grandma Iaiá broke the record formerly held by Alexander Kaptarenko who participated in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Torch relay at the age of 101.

Photo: Rio 2016

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