The lucky recipient of today's forthright remark was Charles McIlvenny, who ran with the torch in 1948 and is in his seventies.
Various speakers said his values and dreams would live on, and the younger generation would carry the torch.
The torch was then run around the stadium, while being passed between a corps of young athletes nominated by Redgrave and others.
late 13c., from Old French torche, originally "twisted thing," hence "torch formed of twisted tow dipped in wax," probably from Vulgar Latin *torca, alteration of Late Latin torqua, variant of classical Latin torques "collar of twisted metal," from torquere "to twist" (see thwart). In Britain, also applied to the battery-driven version (in U.S., flashlight). Torch song is 1927 ("My Melancholy Baby," performed by Tommy Lyman, is said to have been the first so called), from carry a torch "suffer an unrequited love" (also 1927), an obscure notion from Broadway slang.
"set fire to," 1931, from torch (n.). Related: Torched; torching.
The head (1932+)