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Seven teenagers light Olympic Cauldron

(Xinhua)

08:59, July 28, 2012

Fireworks explode over the Tower Bridge in London, Britain, on July 27, 2012. The London 2012 Olympic Games opened on Friday. (Xinhua/Jin Liwang)

LONDON, July 28 (Xinhua) -- Seven teenagers were given the honor of lighting the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Games.

Thomas Heatherwick's design of the Olympic Cauldron has been one of the most closely guarded secrets of the whole ceremony.

When the competing delegations arrived in London, they each received a copper petal - inscribed with the name of their country and the words 'XXX Olympiad London 2012'. They carried these petals during the Athletes' Parade at the opening ceremony before laying them down.

The seven young torchbearers, each nominated by a renowned British Olympian, moved towards the center of the field of play and ignited a single tiny flame within one of the copper petals on the ground, triggering the ignition of more than 200 petals.


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