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City news, 06.04.2008 13:02

Olympic flame arrives in London from Petersburg

A plane of the Chinese Air China carrier with the Olympic flame and a delegation of organizers of the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing on board landed at Londonís Heathrow Airport late on Saturday. It brought the flame from Russiaís St. Petersburg, where the Russian stage of the world 2008 Summer Olympics torch relay ended earlier on Saturday.

The relay route in St. Petersburg was 20.4 kilometres long. Each of the 80 torch relay runners carried the Olympic flame 250 metres. Participants in the relay were famous sportsmen of past years, well known Petersburg figure skaters and football players, promising youth representatives, Para-Olympic games participants and Russians who have achieved success in various areas of activities. Thousands of residents and guests of the city greeted the Olympic flame during the relay.

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