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Olympic flame for Beijing Games lit in ancient Olympia
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19:14, March 24, 2008

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Head priestess Maria Nafpliotou lit the torch in the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Beijing Games at the site of ancient Olympia on Monday.

The lighting heralded the start of a five-month torch relay that will end at the Games' opening ceremony on August 8.Greek taekwondo athlete Alexandros Nikolaidis, silver medallist in the 2004 Olympics, will be the first torchbearer of a six-day Greek relay.

The second bearer will be Chinese Luo Xuejuan, women's 100mbreaststroke gold medallist in the Athens Games.

The ceremony started an hour early - starting at 0900GMT - to avoid rain forecast for later Monday.


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