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Brazilian marathon runner lights Olympic cauldron

Reuters logo Reuters 06-08-2016
2016 Rio Olympics - Opening Ceremony - Maracana © REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth 2016 Rio Olympics - Opening Ceremony - Maracana

Brazilian long-distance runner Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima lit the Olympic cauldron in the opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Games on Friday.

A marathon bronze medal winner in Athens in 2004, he has been held up as a model sportsman after refusing to give up when a protestor attacked him in that race, slowing him from first to third.

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