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Torch begins final race to stadium from beneath Rio's Christ statue

WITH OPEN ARMS: Ms Salgado with Archbishop Joao, who said: 'May this be the moment for us to overcome difficult times and to work as a team.'

Rio de Janeiro

THE Olympic torch was raised before Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue on Friday on the final leg of its journey to the opening ceremony of the Olympics, as Brazil excitedly put the final touches to seven years of preparations.

At the evening ceremony

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