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2012 Olympic torch relay sets off

2012-05-19 09:52:52 GMT2012-05-19 17:52:52(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

British Olympic sailing hero and three time gold medalist Ben Ainslie holds the Olympic torch at the official start of the London 2012 Olympic games torch relay at Land's End, the United Kingdom, May 19, 2012. The torch relay will travel some 8,000 miles round the British Isles on its way to the Olympic Stadium in London for the opening of the summer games on July 27. (Xinhua/Yin Gang)

British Olympic sailing hero and three time gold medalist Ben Ainslie (R) holds the Olympic torch at the official start of the London 2012 Olympic games torch relay at Land's End, the United Kingdom, May 19, 2012. (Xinhua/Yin Gang)

British Olympic sailing hero and three time gold medalist Ben Ainslie (2nd R) lights the Olympic torch at the official start of the London 2012 Olympic games torch relay at Land's End, the United Kingdom, May 19, 2012. (Xinhua/Yin Gang)

British Olympic sailing hero and three time gold medalist Ben Ainslie holds the Olympic torch at the official start of the London 2012 Olympic games torch relay at Land's End, the United Kingdom, May 19, 2012. (Xinhua/Yin Gang)

British Olympic sailing hero and three time gold medalist Ben Ainslie holds the Olympic torch at the official start of the London 2012 Olympic games torch relay at Land's End, the United Kingdom, May 19, 2012. (Xinhua/Yin Gang)

British Olympic sailing hero and three time gold medalist Ben Ainslie holds the Olympic torch at the official start of the London 2012 Olympic games torch relay at Land's End, the United Kingdom, May 19, 2012.

The torch relay will travel some 8,000 miles round the British Isles on its way to the Olympic Stadium in London for the opening of the summer games on July 27.

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