Wheelchair badminton player David Follett was carrying his torch through the town of Great Torrington in Devon when his flame extinguished. He had been riding with it in a holster attached to his chair. The error was blamed on a malfunctioning burner in the specially designed torches.
Workers in a nearby vehicle convoy quickly brought out one of the many replacement flames and gave Follett a new, lit torch. The flames are in miner's lanterns and are lit with the same original flame from the ceremony in Greece.
"It is not uncommon for a flame to go out and this can happen for a number of reasons, for example, in extreme winds," a LOCOG spokesman told The Telegraph, perhaps in a burst of expectant foreshadowing.
Each of the 8,000 relay runners use their own torch for the relay. They have an option to buy the torch for around $300 after they complete their route.
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