Russian torchbearer catches fire during Olympic relay

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MOSCOW: A former bobsledder taking part in Russia’s marathon Olympic torch relay ahead of next year’s Winter Games in Sochi briefly caught fire while carrying the flame in Siberia. Homemade footage of the incident posted on Russian websites on Thursday showed the left sleeve of 2006 Turin Winter Games bobsleigh team member Pyotr Makarchuk bursting into flames from what appeared to be a leak in the torch. Makarchuk was at that moment running up to the podium for a formal Olympic cauldron lighting ceremony late Wednesday in the western Siberian city of Abakan.

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