Olympic torch relay in St. Petersburg ends

April 5th, 2008 - 9:36 pm ICT by admin  

St. Petersburg, April 5 (Xinhua) The Beijing Olympic torch relay in St. Petersburg, the third leg of its global journey, ended Saturday at the Palace Square. At around 3 p.m., the last torchbearer Svetlana Zhurova, the vice speaker of Russian State Duma and a gold medallist at 2006 Turin Winter Olympics, ran into the Palace Square on the south of the Winter Palace, where a huge crowd had waited to receive the Olympic flame.

A grand celebration was held starting from 2.30 p.m. at the square. After Zhurova lit the cauldron, the audience brought out a burst of applause.

Galina Zybina, shot put gold medallist at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland, was the first torchbearer running from the Victory Square at about 10.45 a.m.

After 250 metres, she handed over the flame to Leonid Tyagachyov, the president of the Russian Olympic Committee, who ran another 250 metres.

There were a total of 80 torchbearers in St. Petersburg, including famous athletes, cultural and business figures and politicians, covering a distance of about 20 kilometres.

The Olympic torch had already been relayed in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Wednesday and Turkey’s Istanbul Thursday. It will now travel to London.

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