The Olympic torch relay has never been started by a female athlete, but that’s all about to change. For the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, Anna Korakaki, a gold medalist from the Rio Olympics, will take the first leg of the relay and make history in the process.
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According to Greece’s Hellenic Olympic Committee, Korakaki will start things off with the flame lighting ceremony on March 12th in Olympia, Greece, the site of the original Games. She’s been a part of the Greek National Olympic team since 2010 and she won a gold and bronze medal for shooting in the 2016 Games. She’ll pass the torch to another woman, Japanese long-distance runner Mizuki Noguchi, who won the gold for the women’s marathon at the Athens Olympics in 2004.
“It’s a huge honor for me. It is very moving and I believe the feelings will become even more intense after that moment in Ancient Olympia,” Korakaki says. “I am looking forward to experiencing [the moment] and I’m sure it will remain engraved in my mind and heart for my entire life.”