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National Games' torch travels in NE China

2009-08-20 07:28:48 GMT2009-08-20 15:28:48 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

CHANGCHUN, Northeast China, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- The torch of the 11th National Games reached northeast China on Wednesday and traveled in Changchun City, capital of Jilin Province on Thursday.

Han Changfu, governor of Jilin Province, lit the torch named Ruyi which is an S-shaped jade that represents luck in ancient China, and handed it to Zhao Peifeng, chief of Jilin Administration of Sports who passed the torch to the first bearer Li Jiajun, a silver medal winner of Winter Olympics.

The other four bearers in Jilin leg were Meng Yan, Wei Yanan, EMeidie and Zhang Jing who were athletes specialized in 400m hurdles, marathon, free combat and short track speed skating respectively.

Jilin is the fifth leg of the 11th National Games' torch relay and the next stop is Harbin in Heilongjiang Province.

The torch will arrive in Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong Province and the host of the Games, after two-month tour of the country. The Games will officially open on Oct. 16 and end on Oct. 28.

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