Actresses perform during ceremony to light Olympic flame
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London Olympic flame ignited in Greece

10 May 2012 Last updated at 15:26 BST

The 2012 Olympic flame has been lit in Greece and has begun its long journey to London.

At a ceremony in ancient Olympia, a mirror was used to light the flame using the rays of the sun.

It will now go on a tour of Greece before being handed over to the London Olympics team in Athens next week.

James Pearce reports from Olympia.