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Friday, August 25, 2000
Teen tries to steal torch

 SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- The Olympic torch relay survived another sabotage attempt Friday after a teen-ager tried to steal it from a torchbearer, the second major incident in as many days on the torch's 100-day tour of Australia.

 On Thursday, a teen-ager tried to douse it with white powder from a fire extinguisher, also on the New South Wales north coast about 500 miles north of Sydney.

 Police said a 17-year-old Kempsey youth tried to grab the torch Friday from a female torchbearer as she ran along the Pacific Highway. After failing in his attempt, the youth fled the scene but was caught by security officers a short distance from the highway.

 The runner was uninjured and the relay was not interrupted.

 The torch is on a 16,700-mile tour of Australia.

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