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Beijing passes Olympic host baton to London

2008-08-24 16:02:00 GMT2008-08-25 00:02:00 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English

London Mayor Boris Johnson (1st L, front) holds the Olympic flag at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games closing ceremony held in the National Stadium, or the Bird's Nest, Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 24, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)

A London bus is seen as part of a performance during the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the National Stadium, August 24, 2008. The stadium is also known as the Bird's Nest. (REUTERS/Phil Noble)

BEIJING, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- Beijing passed its Olympic host baton to London, host city of the 2012 Olympic Games, on Sunday night, as Mayor Guo Jinlong handed over the Olympic flag to his London counterpart Boris Johnson via International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge in the National Stadium, or the Bird's Nest, in north Beijing.

Rogge just declared the Beijing Olympic Games closed.

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