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Facts & Figures All the information from all Olympic Torch Relays so far

Berlin 1936

© 1936 / Comité International Olympique (CIO)

- Number of torchbearers: 3 331.
- Total distance: 3 187 km (including special stages in Kiel and Grünau).
- Countries crossed: Greece, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Germany.

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London 1948


© 1948 / Comité International Olympique (CIO)


- Number of torchbearers: 1 416 (sources may differ).
- Total distance: 3 365 km.
- Countries crossed: Greece, Italy, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and England.

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Helsinki 1952

- Number of torchbearers: 3 372.
- Total distance: 7 870 km (4 725 km for the overland transport).
- Countries crossed: Greece, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. 

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Melbourne 1956

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© 1956 / Allsport Zoom


- Number of torchbearers: unknown.
- Total distance: 20 470 km (including air transport), distance covered on foot: 4 912 km.
- Countries crossed: Greece, Australia with stopovers in Calcutta, Bangkok, Singapore, and Djakarta. 

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Stockholm 1956 (Equestrian Games)

- Number of torchbearers: 330 runners in Greece and approx. 160 horse riders in Denmark and Sweden.
- Total distance: ~350 km by foot. Distance by horse uncertain.
- Countries crossed: Greece, Denmark, and Sweden 

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Rome 1960

© 1960 / Comité International Olympique (CIO)

- Number of torchbearers: 1 529.
- Total distance: ~2 750 km (distance covered by foot 1 863 km).
- Countries crossed: Greece, Italy. 

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Tokyo 1964

© 1964 / The Mainichi Newspapers


- Number of torchbearers: 101 866 (this high number is explained by the fact that in Japan, 1km was covered by the bearer of the flame, two reserve runners and up to 20 accompanying people)
- Total distance: 26 065 km (including air transport), distance covered by foot: 7 487 km.
- Countries crossed: from Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Iran, Pakistan, India, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan. Three routes and two others flames lit with the sacred one inside Japan. 

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Mexico 1968

  

© 1968 IOC

- Number of torchbearers: 2 778.
- Total distance: 13 620 km (including transport by boat), distance covered by foot: ~2 500 km.
- Countries crossed: Greece, Italy, Spain, Canary Islands, San Salvador, and Mexico. 

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Munich 1972

© 1972 / Allsport Zoom

- Number of torchbearers: ~ 6 000.
- Total distance: 5 532 km.
- Countries crossed: Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Austria, and West Germany. 

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Montreal 1976

 

© 1976 / Comité International Olympique (CIO)


- Number of torchbearers: approx. 1 214.
- Total distance: 775 km.
- Countries crossed: Greece, Canada 

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Moscow 1980

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© 1980 IOC

- Number of torchbearers: ~ 5 000.
- Total distance: 4 915 km.
- Countries crossed: Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, and USSR. 

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Los Angeles 1984

© 1984 / IOPP

- Number of torchbearers: 3 636.
- Total distance: 15 000 km.
- Countries crossed: only United States. 

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Seoul 1988

-© 1988 / IOPP, Séoul 1988 / WIDENER, Jeff

- Number of torchbearers: 20 899 (including escort).
- Total distance: 15 250 (including air transport)
- Countries crossed: Greece, Korea. 

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Barcelona 1992

 

© 1992 / Allsport Zoom / BRUTY, Simon

- Number of torchbearers: 10 448 (599 cyclists) - Total distance: 6 307 km (including transport by boat).
- Countries crossed: Greece, Spain. 

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Atlanta 1996


© 1996 / Comité International Olympique (CIO) / LOCATELLI, Giulio

- Number of torchbearers: 12 467.
- Total distance: 26 875 km.
- Countries crossed: Greece, United States.
In honor of the Centennial Olympic Games, the HOC held a celebration as the flame was brought into the Panathinaiko Stadium. This celebration of Greek traditions and the re-enactment of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 concluded as representatives from 17 cities that had previously hosted the Olympic Games each received a safety lantern, lit from the sacred Olympic flame. During the next 21 days, these flames were celebrated in each former host city while the original flame burned in Athens. 

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Sydney 2000

© 2000 / Allsport Zoom / TURNER, Matt


- Number of torchbearers: 800 (Greece), 1 500 (Oceania), 11 000 (Australia)
- Total distance: 27 000 km in Australia.
- Countries crossed: Greece, Guam, Palau, Micronesia, Salomon Islands, Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia. 

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Athens 2004

© 2004 / Comité International Olympique (CIO) / KISHIMOTO, Tsuyoshi

- Number of torchbearers: approx. 7 700 (Greece), approx. 3 600 (internationally)
- Total distance: over 78 000 km
- Countries crossed: Greece, plus international route covering all five continents and visiting all previous Summer Games host cities. The Torch Relay travelled along the following route: Ancient Olympia, Athens, Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Delhi, Cairo, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Atlanta, New York, Montreal, Antwerp, Brussels, Amsterdam, Geneva, Lausanne, Paris, London, Barcelona, Rome, Munich, Berlin, Stockholm, Helsinki, Moscow, Kiev, Istanbul, Sofia and Nicosia. 

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Beijing 2008


© 2008 / Comité International Olympique (CIO) / HUET, John

- Number of torchbearers: 21 800
- Total distance: 137 000 km during 129 days.
- Cities visited: Almaty, Istanbul, St. Petersburg, London, Paris, San Francisco, Buenos Aires, Dar es Salaam, Muscat, Islamabad, New Delhi, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Canberra, Nagano, Seoul, Pyongyang, Ho Chi Minh City, Macao. The 2008 Olympic Flame also reached the summit of Mount Everest. 

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London 2012


© 2012 / Comité International Olympique (CIO)

- Number of torchbearers: 8000 (Great Britain)
- Duration: 70 day, from the 19 May to the 27 July 2012.

The Olympic flame was lit in Ancient Olympia, Greece, on 10 May and was handed over to the London 2012 Organsing Committee in Athens on 17 May before arriving in Great Britain on 18 May 2012.

The Flame was carried by 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers during the Olympic Torch Relay around Great Britain and focused on the nation’s youth with a large percentage of the torchbearers being 18 years and under.

As it made its way across the UK on its 70-day journey it brought the excitement of the Games to everyone. On its voyage, the Olympic Flame travelled to within 10 miles of 95 per cent of people in the UK, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey.

The Olympic Torch Relay helped shine a light on the whole of the UK – from dynamic urban areas to places of outstanding natural beauty. Evening celebrations in towns and cities showed off the best of the local area, bringing people together to mark the Olympic Flame's arrival.

Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung were the three Presenting Partners of the Olympic Torch Relay for London 2012.