Russian sports fan walks to Rio to attend Olympics

Sergei Lukyanov took the long road to Rio, walking 18,272km to get there from St Petersburg.
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Sergei Lukyanov took the long road to Rio, walking 18,272km to get there from St Petersburg.

A sports-mad Russian has walked from Saint Petersburg to Rio to watch the Olympics.

It took 60-year-old Sergei Lukyanov one year, four months and seven days to complete his journey.

It's estimated he covered 18,272 km on foot.

He needed to take a flight from Singapore to the Chilean capital of Santiago to reach South America.

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Unexpected surgery in a Russian hospital was Lukyanov's only hiccup as he was held up for six weeks, according to his friend and manager Mikhail Sokolovskiy in a report by Sputniknews.com.

He wore out six pairs of shoes on a trip that started in April last year and saw him average between 40 and 60 kilometres a day.

Lukyanov is a competitive race walker, specialising in long distance events though none have matched this odyssey.

He was lucky to get to Rio to find Russian athletes competing despite a major drugs scandal that broke out on the eve of the Games.

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He eventually arrived in Rio on August 7 and said he hoped to meet Brazilian football legend Pele during his stay.

Pele was too ill to attend the Olympics opening ceremony but there are hopes he will be fit enough to be at the closing ceremony.

 

 - Stuff

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