Paralympic cauldron lit in central London

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Aug. 24, 2012, 11:37 a.m. | Sports — by Associated Press

Boxes bearing the names of various countries sit ready to contain guest passes to the athletes villages at the Olympic park Thursday, Aug., 23, 2012. The London 2012 Paralympic games begin Aug. 29 and run through Sept. 9, in what organizers hope will be the first Paralympic games to be sold out-some 2.1 million tickets have already been bought.
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LONDON — Partially paralyzed marathon participant Claire Lomas has lit the Paralympic cauldron in central London. 

It's one of a slew of events meant to mark the Paralympic Games across the British capital.

Prime Minister David Cameron addressed the crowd gathered at London's Trafalgar Square just before the cauldron was lit by Lomas on Friday.

He says that London, which has already seen a successful Olympic Games, could look forward to "two more weeks of spectacular sport."

Lomas uses a bionic suit to move around after being paralyzed from the chest down following a horse-riding accident in 2007. Earlier this year she used the suit to walk the marathon route over several days.

The Paralympic Games are due to begin on Aug. 29. They end on Sep. 9.

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