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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Olympic cauldron set to be 'wow' moment

24th July 2012

The lighting of the Olympic cauldron at the start of London 2012 is set to be a 'wow' event, claims Games official.

According to the British Olympic Association chief executive Andy Hunt, the public are going to be impressed by the arrangements made to start the world's biggest sporting show.

"It's a joint decision and discussions have taken place over quite some time…We will see the outcome in just a few days' time," said Hunt.

"The ceremonies committee, which is made up of Danny Boyle and the ceremonies team, will make a recommendation and have made recommendations we can choose to support or not.

"All I can say is I think it will be a 'wow' moment."

According to the bookmakers Sir Steve Redgrave is the favourite to light the flame due to his five gold medal winning performances. However, there are suggestions that it could be double decathlon gold medallist Daley Thompson - or even both of them.

Matthew Pinsent, a four-times British rowing Olympic gold medallist, told Reuters that not knowing was a good thing.

"I don't see why we need to name them now. We need to have some mystery about the opening ceremony, otherwise it's like watching a magic trick and knowing what's going to happen before the magic."

Today the Olympic flame will visit Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and will be carried by 17 people including footballer Michael Owen and tennis player Andy Murray. EastEnders actor Perry Fenwick will also carry the flame through Albert Square and his leg will be broadcast live as part of the BBC soap opera so there are plenty of opportunities for those staying in central London hotels to see the relay.


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