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23 Jul 2012

The torch is in London

The Olympic Flame's first weekend in London has drawn to a close

After its spectacular arrival in the capital on board a helicopter of the Royal Navy's Commando Helicopter Force, the Olympic Torch, which spent Friday night under lock and key inside the Tower of London, started its journey again from Greenwich Park on Saturday, July 21. Among the 143 torch-bearers who handed on the precious baton along a route that stretched a little over 36 miles was also gymnastics legend and winner of nine Olympic medals, Nadia Comaneci, who received the flame from former basketball player John Amaechi on top of the roof of the North Greenwich Arena, facility that will host the gymnastics competitions and the finals of the basketball tournament. On Sunday, July 22, the flame was carried by 163 torch-bearers for a little over 32 miles. The most spectacular moment was when seventeen-year-old Amelia Hempleman-Adams, the youngest person to ski to the South Pole, carried the flame atop one of the viewing capsules of the London Eye, London's giant panoramic wheel. The last torch-bearer of the weekend was former boxer and heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, who lit a cauldron inside Danson Park, kick-starting the evening's celebrations.