The Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay reached Krasnodar on Tuesday, as the Olympic Flame’s record-breaking journey around Russia neared its conclusion at the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
On Monday, the flame toured Maykop – approximately 260km from Sochi – with Torchbearers including Olympic weightlifting champion Mukharby Kirzhinov, Olympic handball silver medallist Anna Kareyeva and Paralympic shooting medallist Valery Ponomarenko.
Krasnodar, meanwhile, saw a record number of Torchbearers in a single day, with 345 people enjoying the opportunity to carry the Olympic flame along a 63km route around the city.
Among the Torchbearers were Olympic handball champion Eduard Koksharov, artistic director of the Bolshoi Theatre ballet group Sergei Filin and Viktor Zakharchenko, the artistic director of the Kuban Cossack Choir.
The final Torchbearer of the day was Irina Karavayeva – the Sydney 2000 trampoline gold medallist – who lit a celebration cauldron in front of 50,000 people in Theatre Square, which is home to the largest splash fountain in Europe.
The Olympic flame is now set to arrive in Sochi on Wednesday ahead of Friday’s Opening Ceremony, which will mark the conclusion of its record-breaking 65,000km route across Russia, which was designed to ensure that approximately 90% of the country's population would be within an hour of the Relay at some stage, allowing around 130 million residents to participate in the event.
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