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Torch Relay Sets out on Games Opening Day
    2008-08-08 07:25:21     CRIENGLISH.com

Chinese comedian Feng Gong displays the Olympic torch in front of the head portrait of a Peking Man when the relay starts at Zhoukoudian, Fangshan District, on Friday morning, August 8, 2008, the opening day of the eye-catching Beijing Olympic Games. [Photo: Xinhua]

Factbox: Routes and Time of Third-Day Olympic Torch Relay in Beijing

The Olympic torch will pass through Fangshan, Mentougou, Daxing, and Haidian districts and the Yizhuang Economic-Technology Development Zone on Friday, the opening day of the Beijing Olympic Games.

Chinese comedian Feng Gong ran the first leg when the relay set out 7:15 a.m. from the Peking Man Site Park in Zhoukoudian, Fangshan District.

The flame will arrive at the Olympic Youth Camp at Beijing No.101 Middle School at noon before heading to the Bird's Nest Stadium, the site of the opening ceremony.

140 torch bearers will relay the flame along the 7.9-kilometer route, which will take about an hour and a half to complete.

The three-day Beijing torch relay kicked off on Wednesday. A total of 841 torch bearers will have carried the torch through all 18 districts and the Yizhuang Economic-Technology Development Zone in the capital.

The opening ceremony is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m., but the name of the last torch bearer, who will light the Olympic cauldron at the National Stadium, remains a secret.



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