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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 June, 2004, 09:43 GMT 10:43 UK
Heroine to carry Olympic torch
Jane Tomlinson
Jane Tomlinson will be among 140 people carrying the torch in London
Terminal cancer sufferer Jane Tomlinson has been selected to carry the Olympic torch through the streets of London ahead of this summer's games in Athens.

The Leeds mother is settling back into family life after raising 275,000 by cycling from 'Rome to Home'.

Others chosen to relay the torch on 26 June are London mayor Ken Livingstone and Sir Roger Bannister.

A British Olympic Association spokesman said Mrs Tomlinson, aged 40, was a 'popular and inspirational' runner.

She will be among 140 British people to carry the torch through the capital for the first time since 1948.

"Her courage and determination in dealing with her terminal cancer diagnosis have made her a natural choice to take part in this great event," said the association spokesman.

Pain control

Mrs Tomlinson's husband Mike said she was delighted and honoured by the request.

The mother-of-three arrived back in Leeds earlier this month after completing a 2,000 mile tandem charity ride with her brother Luke Goward.

Mr Tomlinson said his wife had returned to her job as a paediatric radiographer at Leeds General Infirmary.

"She is planning to have some radiography in the next few days to control the pain and this is important as she needs to get on top of the pain before she can do anything else," he said.

"We are just trying to get her well. We can't do another event like Rome to Home as it's too dangerous for Jane."

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