Saturday, April 12, 2008

Chinese Postman Relays Olympic Torch

The Xinhua News Agency and reports, "Chinese village postman Quan Erping had his dream come true on Saturday, bearing the Olympic flame in the ancient course of Marathon marked by Greece's legend of Pheidippides."

For Quan (shown above on the left), who has been shuttling between villages on zigzagging roads in a mountain area of Inner Mongolia, carrying the Olympic flame in Greece was something he never dreamed of.

According to the report, "Serving as a rural postman since 1991, Quan has never shrunk from his responsibilities. In the early years, his income was very low. He had a colleague from 1991-1996 and the two rode bicycle to deliver mails and packages. Quan was equipped with a motorcycle after his colleague shifted to a new job. "

Quan is quoted as saying, "Delivering mail is somewhat similar to torch relay. But the difference lies in distance. I travel much longer than a 200m jog in the Marathon site. I usually ride 100 kilometers on motorcycle everyday."

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM