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A disabled torchbearer…

A disabled torchbearer carries the flame for the September 17-28 Paralympic Games past the second-century AD Hadrian’s Arch in central Athens yesterday, on the first day of a relay that will take in most of Attica. Yesterday’s torchbearers included the head of the International Paralympic Committee, Phil Craven, the chief of Greece’s Paralympic Committee, Spyros Stavrianopoulos, and several Greek Paralympic medalists. The flame – which was lit on Thursday evening under the Temple of Hephaestus in the ancient Agora of Athens – was carried from the Roman Herod Atticus Odeon through eastern and southern Athens to Vouliagmeni. Today, the relay will proceed through southern Attica to Lavrion. Over 4,000 physically disabled athletes are taking part in the Games.