Updated: 25/06/2012 22:46 | By pa.press.net

Home run for torchbearer Coe



Lord Sebastian Coe was delighted to take the Olympic Torch around Sheffield

Lord Sebastian Coe was delighted to take the Olympic Torch around Sheffield

Lord Coe carried the Olympic Torch through his home city on Monday night and said: "There's nowhere else I'd rather be in the world than here."

The double Olympic gold medallist said his welcome was "absolutely fantastic" as he ran a standard 300-metre torchbearer leg with the flame in the centre of Sheffield.

Crowds behind barricades on the city's Arundel Gate clamoured to get photos with the chairman of the London 2012 organising committee after he was dropped off by the relay bus and waited for his turn with the torch. Coe said: "I'm just very, very flattered, very honoured."

He added: "There's nowhere else I'd rather be in the world than here with this torch in Sheffield.

"Just having sat on the coach with 20 extraordinary people all telling their own personal stories of why they got nominated and some of the things they've done and been through - it's just extraordinary."

Earlier, Lord Coe accompanied the flame when it visited patients at Sheffield Children's Hospital in a lantern. He was joined by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on the wards.

Lord Coe, who visited his former school before the hospital visit, said he was delighted to be with the flame in his home town.

"To me personally this is a massive day because it's the city I was brought up in," he said.

"Everything that really mattered in my athletics career took place in this city.

"My coaches, my local athletics club, my inspiration to even join the athletics club was from two competitors in this city - John and Sheila Sherwood, who won medals in the 1968 Olympic Games. This is a city which is very close to my heart."

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