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Torch Relay in Quake-hit Sichuan Starts
    2008-08-03 10:36:19     CRIENGLISH.com

Police officer Jiang Min carries the Olympic torch on Sunday morning, August 3, 2008 in the relay in Guang An, the first leg in southwestern Sichuan Province. [Photo: Xinhua]

The first leg of the Beijing Olympic torch relay in quake-ravaged Sichuan Province kicked off Sunday morning in Guang An, the birthplace of the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping.

Torch bearers and local residents mourned for the victims of the May 12 earthquake before the relay set out from the site of Deng Xiaoping's former residence at 7:30am.

Jiang Min, a quake relief-dedicated police officer who lost ten of her relatives in the May calamity, ran the first segment.

A hundred and eighty nine torch bearers took part in the 7.3-kilometer run that took one hour and 40 minutes to complete.

The Olympic flame will continue its journey in Leshan on Monday and reach Chengdu, the provincial capital Tuesday. It will arrive in Beijing on August 6, two days prior to the opening of the Games.



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