PIC: An Irish teen carried the Olympic torch in Brazil last night
He's the only Irish man carrying the Olympic torch to Rio 2016...
13-year-old Irish teenager Mark O'Brien carried the Olympic torch on a leg of its relay towards Rio last night.
Mark, from Dublin, has had the dream of carrying the torch ever since the London 2012 Olympics and it became a reality for him last night.
— Rio 2016 (@Rio2016) July 29, 2016
A keen athlete, Mark proved the value of persistence as he wrote letter after letter to various Olympic committees before a letter he sent to Carlos Arthur Guzman, the President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, earned him the honour of bearing the torch.
A moment the youngster will never forget...
— Olympic Flame (@OlympicFlame) July 28, 2016