Photos: Olympic flame starts Athens to Rio journey

Updated: 25 April, 2016 12:30 IST
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    The Olympic Flame burns on a torch during the torch relay, on April 21, 2016, qfter the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame in ancient Olympia, the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 BC. The Olympic flame was lit Thursday in an ancient temple in one country in crisis and solemnly sent off carrying international hopes that Brazil's political paralysis will not taint the Rio Games that start in barely 100 days. (All Pics/ AFP)
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    Actress Katerina Lechou acting the high pristess lights the Olympic flame at the Temple of Hera on April 21, 2016 during the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame in ancient Olympia.
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    Actress Katerina Lechou performing as the high priestess lights the Olympic torch at the Temple of Hera on April 21, 2016.
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    An actress acting the pristess holds a pot with the Olympic flame at the Temple of Hera at the Temple of Hera on April 21, 2016 during the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame in ancient Olympia.
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    An actress acting the pristess holds a pot with the Olympic flame at the Temple of Hera at the Temple of Hera on April 21, 2016.
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    First torchbearer world champion at artistic gymnastics, Lefteris Petrounias runs with the Olympic Flame as he arrives at the Temple of Hera on April 21, 2016 during the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame in ancient Olympia, the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 BC.
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    Former Brazilian volleyball player Giovane Gavio, left, receivesthe Olympic flame by Greek gymnast Eleftherios Petrounias, right, after the ceremonial lighting of the Olympic flame in Ancient Olympia, Greece, Thursday, April 21, 2016.
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    econd torchbearer, Brazilian volleyball player, Giovane Cavio runs with the Olympic Flame during the torch relay on April 21, 2016.
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    Youths form the Olympic Rings during the ceremonial lighting of the Olympic flame in Ancient Olympia, Greece, Thursday, April 21, 2016. The flame will be transported by torch relay to the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, which will host the 2016 Olympic Games.
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    IOC President Thomas Bach chats with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, right, during the ceremonial lighting of the Olympic flame in Ancient Olympia, Greece, Thursday, April 21, 2016.
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The Olympic flame was lit in Ancient Olympia in Greece on Thursday, signalling the final countdown to the start of this year's summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

First Published: 22 April, 2016 11:51 IST