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The journey of the Olympic torch

France: From UK the torch was taken to Paris. The relay began from Eiffel Tower and finished at the Stade Charlety. The 28 km route of the relay was cut short due to procession by pro-Tibet protestors. The scheduled ceremony at the town hall was cancelled and the torch finished the relay by bus instead of being carried by athletes.

Thousands of protestors tried to hinder the relay while the torch crisscrossed Paris. More than one demonstrator tried to extinguish the flame with water or fire extinguishers, prompting the relay organisers to put out the flame five times and load the torch onto a bus.

The third torchbearer in the Paris leg, Jin Jing, who is disabled, carried the torch on a wheelchair and was assaulted several times by protestors.

United States: The next stopover for the flame was in San Francisco, California. The torch run was diverted on an unannounced route. The journey began at McCovey Cove and ended at San Francisco instead of Justin Herman Plaza.

Argentina: From San Francisco, the torch was taken to Buneos Aires. The torch run route was almost 14 km long and the torch was carried by Carlos Espinola and Gabriela Sabatini amongst others.

This part of the torch relay leg saw peaceful demonstrations by pro-Tibetan activists but there were few incidents such as throwing of water balloons in an attempt to extinguish the Olympic flame.

Tanzania: In the next leg, the torch was brought to Dar es Salaam, the only stop over in the African continent. The torch was lit by Vice President of Tanzania and covered a five km distance. The only noted instance of protest came from Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai, who withdrew herself from the list of torchbearers.

Oman: The only stop over for the flame in Middle East was Oman. The relay covered a distance of 20 km. No incidents of protest were reported.

Pakistan: From Muscat, the flame reached 'its most sensitive leg' Islamabad. The torch relay was cancelled due to threat of militant attacks or anti-China protests. An indoor ceremony was held and the torch was carried on the track of Jinnah Stadium. President Musharraf and Prime Minister Gilani were present at the torch ceremony.

India: The next stop over was New Delhi. Due to security concerns, authorities reduced the relay route to a little over 2 km. The event got over peacefully as public was not allowed at the relay.

A total of five noted personalities - Kiran Bedi, Sachin Tendulkar, Soha Ali Khan, Baichung Bhutia and Sunil Gavaskar - withdrew from the list of torchbearers.

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Medals Tally (Beijing 2008)
Country G S B T
1. China 51 21 28 100
2. USA 36 38 36 110
3. Russia 23 21 28 72
4. Britain 19 13 15 47
5. Germany 16 10 15 41
6. Australia 14 15 17 46
7. S Korea 13 10 8 31
8. Japan 9 6 10 25
9. Italy 8 10 10 28
10. France 7 16 17 40
50. India 1 0 2 3
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