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Torch lit in Greece as Games countdown gets underway

An actress dressed as a high priestess used a concave mirror to focus the sun’s rays and light a torch under bright sunny skies this morning.

The Olympic Flame is lit by an actress dressed as the High Priestess this morning.
The Olympic Flame is lit by an actress dressed as the High Priestess this morning.
Image: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

THE FLAME THAT will burn during the London Games– and pass though the streets of Dublin — has been lit at the birthplace of the Ancient Olympics.

An actress dressed as a high priestess used a concave mirror to focus the sun’s rays and light a torch under bright sunny skies this morning.

There was no need for the backup flame that was used during the final rehearsal for the Olympic torch lighting a day earlier.

After the end of the choreographed ceremony, the priestess will hand over the torch to the first torchbearer, Greek swimmer and Olympic silver medalist Spyros Gianniotis. He is the first in a line of 490 torchbearers to carry the flame across 1,800 miles on Greek soil before the flame is handed to the London Games organizers on 17 May.

Yesterday, Irish organisers revealed the route and the identity of those involved in the torch relay when the flame visits Dublin on 6 June.

The Olympics will be held from 27 July  to 12 August.

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