The Olympic flame in London is alight, with the fire ignited by seven up-and-coming British athletes running in formation in dark track suits.
As flashbulbs winked on and off across the stadium, the torch was brought in, its flame cutting through the darkness. In a symbolic act, the torch lit six other torches, and all seven young athletes approached the cauldron together to ignite it.
Just before it was the last leg of the torch's journey — the ultimate British torch relay: David Beckham to Sir Steve Redgrave, one of our most famous and admired Olympians. Nobody could say this lacked the star appeal that Britons craved.
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