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Saturday, 23 April 2016 - 11:56
Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay kick starts
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The Olympic Flame that will burn for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games was ignited at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics on Thursday during a flawless traditional sun-Ray ceremony, foreign media reports.

Under clear skies, actress Katerina Lechou dressed as an Ancient Greek High Priestess, stood before the 2,500-year-old Temple of Hera, a goddess in Greek mythology, and used a concave mirror to focus the sun's rays and light the torch.

The Olympic torch will be formally handed over to Brazil at a ceremony next Wednesday (27 April) at the Panathinaiko Stadium in the Greek capital, the venue for the historic 1896 Olympic Games that launched the modern Olympic movement.

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