Olympic flame captivates KL

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008

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KUALA LUMPUR: Thousands braved the heavy rain to watch the Olympic torch make its way though the city.

Dataran Merdeka, where the relay began Monday, was filled with people as they were allowed to get close to the torch bearers as the flame made one lap around the square.

Avid supporters: Despite the rain Malaysians, accompanied by the five Beijing Olympicsmascots, gathered at Stadium Merdeka to give a rousing welcome to the Olympic flame.

Pro-China supporters, wearing red and white, cheered loudly, waved China flags and held banners with slogans like “One World, One Dream, One China”.

Zoey Chan, 32, and her six bank colleagues joined in the excitement during their lunch break.

Momentousevent: Formernational swimmerNurul HudaAbdullah runningwith the Olympicflame in front of thePetronas TwinTowers inKuala Lumpur.

At Stadium Merdeka, 1,000 students from SJK (C) Chong Wen cheered their school board chairman Neo Chwee Yeen, 78, who took the torch for a 200m lap.

It was the only school chosen to be part of the relay.

“I’ve been training every morning for the past two months for this moment,” said Neo.

Iconic lap: Badminton World Federation chairman and former international Datuk PunchGunalan holding aloft the Olympic flame during his leg of the run at Stadium Merdeka.

Those who gathered also tried to get close to famous athletes like squash star Nicol David and badminton champion Lee Chong Wei who were part of the torch relay.

However, they were quickly picked up by a bus the moment they completed their portion of the run.

KLCC where the relay ended, was also packed with people.

The torch, which arrived at 6pm, was passed from the second last torch bearer, Chinese ambassador to Malaysia, Cheng Yong Hua, to the Perak Ruler Sultan Azlan Shah who lit the cauldron.

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