Evolution of the Olympic Torch

Evolution of the Olympic Torch - Ancient Greece to Beijing
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Constantine Kondyllis runs the first leg of the very first Olympic torch relayfrom Olympia to Berlin in 1936.

Shown with a tall, flare-like extension, the Berlin torch used a magnesium-based solid fuel. But its look mimicked ancient Greek torches, which likely burned oil.

The ancient Greeks did have torch relays during religious festivals in Athensas seen on Athenian pottery—but not during the ancient Olympics.

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