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Olympic torch: Sebastian Coe to carry 2012 flame

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Published: 24th Jun 2012 20:32:05

Lord Coe is due to carry the Olympic torch through his home city of Sheffield on day 38 of the relay.

The London 2012 chairman is one of 142 torchbearers carrying the flame on its journey from Leeds to Sheffield.

The route will cover 76 miles as it leaves Leeds to travel south ending the day with celebrations in Barkers Pool, in the centre of Sheffield.

Among Monday's torchbearers are Jono Lancaster who featured on BBC documentary Love Me Love My Face.

The 27-year-old, from Wakefield, was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affected the way his facial bones developed while he was in his mother's womb.

Doctors said he may not walk or talk and, just 36 hours after he was born, his parents gave him up for adoption.

Despite the odds, Jono has completed marathons, attended college and now works as a gym instructor. He said he is tired of people doubting him because of the way he looks.

"I want to show the world I'm a regular guy living my life the way I want," he added.

On Monday the relay will travel through Leeds, Huntslet, Beeston, Morley, Batley, Dewsbury, Wakefield, Castleford, Pontefract, Ackworth, Lundwood, Barnsley, Darton, Kexbrough, Chapeltown, Ecclesfield and Parson Cross before ending the day in Sheffield.

During Monday afternoon two torchbearers will take the flame to the National Coal Mining Museum and to Sheffield Children's Hospital.

Harry Crowther, 13, from Mirfield, is also carrying the torch through Wakefield.

The teenager has Atypical Progeria Syndrome, a premature ageing disorder, which means he also suffers severe arthritic pain.

His nomination said he is always cheerful and positive and is an "inspiration to everyone in his school and community".

Handing the torch to Lord Coe on Monday evening is 1948 Olympian Robert Geldard.

The 85-year-old from Manchester won bronze in the men's cycling 4,000m team pursuit at the 1948 Olympic Games.

Other torchbearers on Monday include Steven Tomlinson, 15, the son of fundraiser Jane Tomlinson who is carrying the torch on behalf of his late mother.

Mrs Tomlinson, who died from cancer in 2007 at the age of 43, carried the torch ahead of the 2004 Games in Athens and set up the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, which has raised more than £3m for charity.

Simon Brown, who will carry the flame in Morley, was shot in the face while saving the lives of six of his colleagues in Iraq.

After months of rehabilitation and dozens of operations to rebuild his face the 33-year-old now helps young people come to terms with their own loss of sight at St Dunstan's charity in Sheffield.

Dorothy Hyman, 71, who is set to carry the flame in Lundwood, won a silver and two bronze medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome and 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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Evening celebrations in Barkers Pool include performances by hip hop and street dance company Rationale Productions, the Balbir Singh Dance Company and local band The Fuse.

Sunday saw football legend Sir Bobby Charlton carry the torch past Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium.

BMX world champion winner Shanaze Reade was the day's first torchbearer and she started the relay at Salford's Media City, home to the BBC's offices.

A total of 8,000 people will carry the flame during its 8,000 mile, 70-day journey to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London on 27 July.

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