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2016 RioAn athlete who was prevented from a chance at winning a gold medal at the Olympic games 12 years ago by a former Kerry priest, officially lit the flame at the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics last night.

Scartaglin native Neil Horan tackled Brazilian athlete, Vanderlei de Lima, at the 2004 Athens Olympics, as a protest, scuppering his chances of winning a gold medal in the marathon.

The Rio Olympic Games were officially declared open during a ceremony at the iconic Maracana (PRON: MARRA-K-NAH) stadium last night.

The flame was lit by 46 year old de Lima – who ended up winning a bronze medal in 2004 despite the actions of the former cleric.