Indian woman runs in Olympic torch relay

July 7th, 2008 - 10:32 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi/Beijing, July 7 (IANS) Calling it “the most beautiful moment in my life”, business executive Meena Barot Monday became the only Indian to take part in the Olympic torch relay in China. Barot, 36, ran 50-60 metres in Lanzhou city in Gansu province, cheered and clapped by thousands of Chinese.

“It was like a celebration. I have never seen anything like this in my life. It is the most beautiful moment of my life,” Barot told IANS over telephone.

Barot, who moved to China in March 2005 and speaks Mandarin fluently, was ecstatic that she could keep her torch.

Two women from the US and Venezuela as well as five men from the Philippines, Germany, Japan, Colombia and Russia participated in the torch relay along with Barot. They were picked from 262 expatriates from 47 countries after an online contest.

The run by the expatriates was earlier scheduled for June 25. It was postponed to July 5 and then by two more days.

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