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Olympic flame lit

The countdown the Olympic Games in London has begun with the lighting of the Olympic flame at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece, where the ancient Games took place.

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'Torch Relay will lift the spirits of the world'

Sebastian Coe will speak at the Torch lighting ceremony today and is expected to say:

We promise to protect the flame; to cherish its traditions and to stage an uplifting Torch Relay of which we can all be proud and which can inspire a generation. As torchbearers lift the Olympic Flame in the days and months ahead, it is our hope that they will also lift the spirits and hopes of people across Britain and across world

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