Olympic torch starts final-hours run in Beijing

August 8th, 2008 - 9:36 am ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 8 (Xinhua) The Olympic torch started its final-hours relay Friday morning at Zhoukoudian, an Unesco heritage site in southwestern Beijing suburb which has yielded many archaeological discoveries. Amid loud music and cheers, the first torchbearer Feng Gong, one of the best Chinese comedian, carried the torch and start running at around 7:08 a.m.

It was the final day of a three-day relay in Beijing, about 12 hours before the Beijing Games opens. A total of 140 torchbearers would run in turn on a 7.9-km route.

The relay will end at about 12:15 p.m. at the No.101 Middle School of Beijing, also home to the Olympic Youth Camp.

Zhoukoudian is the site where the archaeological treasure Peking Man, one of the first specimens of Homo erectus, was discovered between 1923-27.

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