Olympic torch rides the Tube

London Underground employee John Light and the Olympic flame
The flame boarded the train at Wimbledon. Credit: Gareth Fuller/LOCOG/PA Wire

The Olympic torch took a successful ride on the London Underground today, travelling on a train emblazoned with the Olympic rings.

Service Operator John Light, 64, was given the honour of carrying the flame a stop down the District Line, from Wimbledon to Wimbledon Park.

London Underground employee John Light and the Olympic flame
John Light joined commuters on the early morning ride. Credit: Gareth Fuller/LOCOG/PA Wire

Earlier, double Olympic gold medalist James Cracknell carried the torch.

The rower and adventurer, 40, began today's relay in Kingston with the flame eventually bound for Ealing.

James Cracknell
James Cracknell carried the Flame during a leg through Kingston Upon Thames. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire


Olympic flame rides the Tube

The Olympic flame has taken the Tube as it continues its week-long journey through the capital. A total of 144 torchbearers, including rower James Cracknell and skier Chemmy Alcott, carried the flame 43 miles across London.