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The torch relay distance in Kursk was just over 31 kilometers.

January 25, 2014

The first torchbearer was Valery Chaplygin, the 1976 Olympic champion in cycling, who told Itar-Tass that he had prepared for half a year for the relay “both psychologically and physically” as it is “an extraordinary event.”

January 25, 2014

200 famous sportsmen, artists and politicians participated in the relay.

January 25, 2014

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