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Olympic flame reaches top of Mt. Qomolangma

Updated:2008-05-08 09:39 | Source:

Norbu Zhamdu (L) lights the Olympic torch of the first torchbearer Gegyi with a kindling at the top of the 8844.43-meter summit of Mt. Qomolangma in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region on May 8, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)
Norbu Zhamdu (L) lights the Olympic torch of the first torchbearer Gegyi with 
a kindling at the top of the 8844.43m summit of Mt. Qomolangma in southwest 
China's Tibet Autonomous Region on May 8, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)

Chinese climbers display flags at the top of the 8844.43-meter summit of Mt. Qomolangma in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region on May 8, 2008.(Xinhua Photo)
Chinese climbers display flags at the top of the 8844.43m summit of Mt. Qomolangma 
in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region on May 8, 2008.(Xinhua Photo)
MT. QOMOLANGMA BASE CAMP, Tibet, May 8 (Xinhua) -- The Beijing Olympic flame was ignited on the summit of Mt. Qomolangma at 9:10am Beijing time Thursday.

The last of the five torchbearers, Cering Wangmo, hoisted the sacred flame at the world's highest summit.

The relay on Mt. Qomoloangma started with female climber Gyigyias the first bearer and Wang Yongfeng as the second. A dozen of climbers celebrated at the 8,844-meter summit, holding the Chinese national flag, the Beijing Olympic flag and the five-ring Olympic flag.

"Long live Beijing!" shouted one climber. Beijing organizers postponed the main torch relay, which isre-scheduled to start in the southern city of Shenzhen Thursday noon.

The Qomolangma flame will be reunited with the main flame later in the relay.

Editor : Zhang Yun

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