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Here comes the flame, driven along the Thames by Beckham. Five-time British gold-medal rower — five golds, at five consecutive Olympics — Sir Steve Redgrave takes up the torch. Taekwondo champion Sarah Stevenson takes the Olympic oath on behalf of the athletes.

After what we are told is “a journey of 12,800 miles,” the Olympic Flame enters the stadium. A group of young British athletes takes it on its short final stretch. British medalists of decades past hold torches aloft.

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