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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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London 2012 welcomes the Olympic Flame

David Beckham during the official handover ceremony of the Olympic Flame at the Panathenaic Stadium, home of the 1896 Athens Games. Credit: Press Association

The Olympic Flame 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.

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