Ban Ki-moon runs at Sarajevo Olympic Stadium

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Associated Press

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 3:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 26 at 8:02 AM

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Before carrying the torch in London, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon went for a symbolic run in the Olympic Stadium in Sarajevo, the city that hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics.

Ban carried a torch Thursday morning as he ran alongside Sarajevo's marathon runner Islam Djugum, who even during Bosnia's 1992-95 war trained daily but only after dark to avoid snipers.

Ban said he will carry Sarajevo's spirit of resilience and reconciliation to London because here he saw a city that has risen from ashes and ruins and is now pulsing with "real life".

Ban will later visit Srebrenica, the site of the worst massacre in Europe since World War II, where 8,000 men and boys were killed by Serb forces.

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