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  • Rio 2016 Olympic torch stands at $3,800
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    Will Davison
  • 2016OlympicRiotorch

Rio 2016 Olympic torch stands at $3,800

Bidding on the Rio 2016 torch that runner Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima used to light the Olympic cauldron is at $3,760 in the Games' official auction.

De Lima famously lost out on a gold medal in the 2004 Olympic marathon after he was accosted by a spectator in the crowd.

Rio 2016 torch
The torch was carried by Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima

De Lima was held up in the struggle, denying him the win. While he still ended up with a bronze, it was scant consolation.

He was later awarded the Pierre de Coubertin medal for sportsmanship.

The auction house comments: "As he lit the Rio 2016 Olympic cauldron, Vanderlei showed the entire world that people can have struggles, stumble and even fall, but they can always get back up.

"It is a one of a kind national treasure that has been personally autographed by Vanderlei himself."

The sale features a wealth of items used in actual events, including a selection of volleyballs, boxing gloves and other accoutrements.

A set of 16 replica relay torches is also on offer.

Bidding will close on September 15.

A gold medal from the 2012 Games sold for $45,577 at RR Auction in June.

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  • Post author
    Will Davison
  • 2016OlympicRiotorch