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21 May - 12:31 am NZ
Updated at 6:55 am on 11 May 2012
The flame for the London 2012 torch relay and Olympic Games has been lit during a ceremony in Olympia, Greece.
It was kindled by actress Ino Menegaki, playing a high priestess, who caught the sun's rays in a parabolic mirror.
The flame went out briefly before being relit and transferred to the first torchbearer. The ceremony took place amid the Temple of Hera ruins, by the ancient Olympic Games stadium.
The flame flies to Britain next week for a 70-day relay around the UK.
The flame - an Olympic symbol meant to represent purity because it comes directly from the sun - was placed in an urn and taken to the stadium where the ancient Olympic Games were held.
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