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Thursday, July 27, 2000
Oldest Australian carries torch

 MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Australia's oldest man, 109-year-old Jack Lockett, walked with the Olympic torch on Thursday before lighting a community cauldron in the Victorian state town of Bendigo.

 Lockett, who is older than the modern Olympics, which began in Athens in 1896, took his morning walk carrying the Olympic flame.

 "Really wonderful, really wonderful," Lockett said after traveling 200 meters with the aid of a walking stick. "It was just beyond my expectations."

 Thursday marked the 50th day of the torch relay and its halfway mark to the opening of the Games in Sydney on Sept. 15.
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