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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 will be lit by the morning sun

The Olympic Flame is lit during a rehearsal for today's ceremony Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The Olympic Torch will be lit in a ceremony later today by a 'high priestess' who captures the morning sun's rays in a parabolic mirror.

The Torch will arrive in the UK on 18th May for it's relay around the country. It will be carried by 7,300 Torch Bearer's.

See how close the Torch will pass to you.

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