Olympic torch bearer briefly sets himself on fire

Another mishap from the long, adventurous Sochi Olympic torch relay has made its way onto the Internet.

The latest glitch reportedly occurred on Wednesday when former bobsledder Pyotr Makarchuk momentarily set himself on fire while carrying the flame through the Siberian city of Abakan.

Video of the nighttime incident was posted on YouTube by lifenews.ru.

As Makarchuk slowly jogged through a cheering crowd, it appears that some of the torch's fuel dripped onto his left arm and shoulder. An escort promptly patted the flames down.

Last month, the torch blew out on a windy Moscow street. A bystander jumped into action with his cigarette lighter.

The Russians have organized the longest torch relay in Olympic history, a journey that has included trips to the North Pole and the international space station.


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