97-yr-old reach Beijing Olympics on tricycle

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Beijing, Aug 16 (UNI) In an 'epic' journey covering 2,400 km by a tricycle in five weeks, a 97-year-old grandmother has arrived at the Beijing Olympics to watch the Chinese badminton team in action.

Xiao Xincui started the voyage from Henan province in central China sitting on the back of the tricycle paddled by her grandson Liu Xianghui.

Old Xiao arrived in the Games Village to see women's singles champion Zhang Ning playing today.

''I'm very excited to be here,'' said Xiao.

Xiao's grandson, however, said he wanted to make the trip as a 'Thank you' gesture to his grandmother for bringing him up after his father died when he was young.

With the two coming to watch the Olympics in a heroic manner, they have caught the imagination of the Chinese media and the public.

The grandmother-grandson duo now have tickets to see the 110m hurdles final at the National Stadium.

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