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Olympic flame handed over

The Olympic Flame has been handed to a British delegation including David Beckham and Boris Johnson in Athens.

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Lord Coe: Olympic Torch relay 'one of the big moments' towards Games

Lord Coe poses next to the Firefly plane which will carry the Olympic Flame to the UK from Athens Credit: Chris Radburn/LOCOG/PA Wire

Once the Olympic Flame is handed over in Athens, it will be transferred to Lands End where three-time Olympic sailing champion Ben Ainslie will be the first torchbearer in the final 70-day relay to the start of the Games.

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe - who carried the torch in 2004 and also for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics - has described it as one of the "big moments" towards the Games.

He said: "I have seen hundreds and hundreds of citations of the people who are running. We have got from 12 to 100 (year-olds) with fantastic stories."

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