Craig’s a flaming hero – beating horror injury and carrying the torch

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A REMARKABLE sportsman who suffered a nightmare injury has capped his remarkable recovery by taking part in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

Craig Jardine (17), from Bishopbriggs, was told his rugby career was over when he fractured his elbow in three places after slipping on ice three years ago.

But he beat the odds and returned to the pitch just nine months after having a metal implant placed in his arm.

His parents nominated him to become one of 8,000 ‘inspirational people’ carrying the torch on its way around the UK - and he was delighted to be selected.

The West of Scotland under-18s player ran his 300 metres in front of crowds lining Drumry Road, in Clydebank.

The Bishopbriggs Academy pupil, who hopes to study accountancy at university, said: “I did my leg with the torch at about 9am and it really exceeded all my expectations.

“The crowd was three or four deep in places and I had all my family there to cheer me on.

“It actually took me about five minutes to finish because I was jogging very slowly, but it only felt like 30 seconds.”

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