Amir Khan to carry Olympic torch through home town

Amir Khan
The boxer will carry the torch through his home town of Bolton. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Boxer Amir Khan is due to carry the Olympic torch through Lancashire as it continues its journey around the UK.

The 25-year-old, who won a silver medal at the Athens Games in 2004, will take the flame into his home town of Bolton on the last leg of the relay's 13th day.

The torch's journey, which began in Stoke-on-Trent Thursday morning, will take in Crewe, Tatton Park, Warrington and Wigan on its route through the North West.

On Wednesday it was paraded in the Shropshire town of Much Wenlock before the house of Dr William Penny Brookes, the creator in 1850 of the Wenlock Olympian Games.

The small market town's direct links to the modern Olympics date back to 1890, when International Olympic Committee founder Baron Pierre de Coubertin visited Wenlock to inquire about the town's games.

De Coubertin confessed they were an important inspiration for the first Olympics of modern times, held in Athens in 1896.

In honour of Much Wenlock's contribution to the creation of the Olympics, one of the two mascots at the London 2012 Games was named Wenlock.