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Long walk to freedom spurs sprinter's run

Born to run: The world's newest nation is aiming to make a splash in Rio.

Can Perth sprinter Mangar Makur Chuot measure up to the hero his native South Sudan lost when his father, a chief and "big man", was killed in a hail of machinegun bullets when the starter fires his gun for the men's 200 metres sprint at Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Stadium?

Rio flame lit at Olympic birthplace

Torch alight: The Olympic flame is symbolically passed from one torch to another after after the official ceremonial ...

The flame for South America's first Olympics was lit on Thursday at the birthplace of the ancient games in Greece, starting a 15-week journey culminating in the August 5 opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.