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Torch lights Wembley Stadium

2012-07-25 15:57
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London - The Olympic flame was held aloft at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday, two days before its marathon journey around Britain comes to an end with a starring role in the London 2012 opening ceremony.

Gordon Banks, England's goalkeeper when they won the 1966 football World Cup at Wembley, carried a torch along Olympic Way in front of the national stadium in northwest London.

The flame also visited Wembley Arena, the London 2012 badminton venue, where it was carried by Nathan Robertson, Britain's badminton mixed doubles silver medallist at the Athens 2004 Games.

The torch relay is on the 68th day of its 12 875km journey around Britain.

The flame has been on a seven-day tour of London that will culminate at the Olympic Stadium on Friday.

Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films, was to carry the torch at Middlesex University.

Daley Thompson, who won the decathlon gold at the 1980 and 1984 Olympics, was to be the final torchbearer of the day, lighting a cauldron at Alexandra Palace, from where the first public television service was broadcast in 1936.

Thompson, 53, trained at the nearby Haringey athletics club.

The relay is taking the Olympic flame within an hour's travel time of 95% of the British population, taking in famous sports venues, historic sites and places of outstanding natural beauty.

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