A Russian torchbearer's clothing caught fire as he carried it through a Siberian city in the latest mishap to befall the Olympic flame.
A clip posted on YouTube by the Russian site Lifenews shows former Olympic bobsledder Pyotr Makarchuk parading the torch through a crowd in the city of Abakan when flames suddenly leap from the left shoulder and upper arm of his jacket.
Escorts immediately put out the flames and Makarchuk was not injured, said Roman Osin, spokesman for the Russian Sochi 2014 torch relay.
He said the flames were caused by drops of liquid gas that fell on Makarchuk's jacket in the incident yesterday.
The Olympic flame has been to the North Pole and the International Space Station on its 40,000-mile journey to Sochi.
However, it has gone out dozens of times, including minutes after President Vladimir Putin handed it over in Red Square last month.
The Olympic flame has been lit in Olympia, Greece today ahead of the 123-day long torch relay before reaching its final destination for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.
Greek actress Ino Menegaki played the role of High Priestess, as she did for the London 2012 Games lighting ceremony, at the Temple of Hera in Ancient Olympia.
After touring Greece, the flame will arrive in Moscow ahead of the longest torch relay for any Winter Games.
Throughout its journey across Russia, the flame will be carried by more than 14,000 torch-bearers across more than 65,000km - including a visit to the International Space Station where it will be taken on a spacewalk.
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The Olympic Cauldron has been relit following its relocation to the south end of the stadium to make way for the athletics events.
The Cauldron, made up of 204 steel pipes and individually designed copper petals inscribed with the competing nation’s names, will be within eyesight of competing athletes.
During its 80-hour relocation, the Olympic flame was transferred to a special miners lantern. This morning, Olympic Torchbearer Austin Playfoot relit the Cauldron from the lantern in a small ceremony.
The Olympic flame sailed down the river Thames this morning to Tower Bridge.
The sun shone for the Olympic flame today as it completed its journey on the Gloriana on the final leg of its 70-day, 8,000-mile journey around the United Kingdom ahead of tonight's opening ceremony.
The royal rowbarge led a flotilla of more than 50 boats down the Thames. Flotilla organiser Malcolm Knight declared "mission accomplished" on his loudspeaker as the boats arrive at Tower Bridge. He said:
"It was marvellous, absolutely marvellous. The whole thing went fantastically, there were boats everywhere and the banks were lined with thousands of people.[...] It's a great way to bring the flame into central London, using the highway of London."
The Olympic Cabinet Committee have reported today that the Olympic opening ceremony will be one of the "biggest diplomatic events" ever in the UK. Discussing the final preparations for the Games, the Committee concluded:
- Approximately 14.3 million people have lined the streets to see the Olympic Flame. The Flame today travels on the River Thames between Hampton Court and London Bridge.
- 24,657 Games Family members have now arrived in the UK (including just over 7,000 athletes).
The Olympic Torch made its way down the River Thames today in the final leg of the relay. The Queen's royal barge, the Gloriana, sailed past the Houses of Parliament, with a flotilla of smaller boats.
Four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Matthew Pinsent has told ITV News that carrying an Olympic Torch from the UK was "lovely". Sir Pinsent has carried the torch twice before in Canada and Greece.