Flame for Beijing Olympics lit in Ancient Olympia
(dpa) - The Beijing 2008 Olympic torch was lit by the sun's rays in ancient Olympia on Monday, marking the start of a five-month international torch rely that will end with the opening of the 29th Games on August 8.
Despite an overcast at the ancient archaeological site, a high priestess, played by Greek actress Maria Nafpliotou, lit the torch in front of the Temple of Hera.
Prior to the flame lighting ceremony, two pro-Tibet demonstrators ran onto the field of the stadium at Ancient Olympia carrying black flags during the speech of the President of the Beijing Olympic Committee Liu Qi. The men were quickly detained by police.
Greek athlete Alexandros Nikolaidis, an Athens 2004 Games taekwondo silver medalist, will be the first torchbearer, starting a six-day relay throughout Greece before the flame is handed over to Chinese Olympic officials on March 30 at the Kalimarmaro Stadium in Athens.