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Venus Williams, Andy Murray carry Olympic torch through Wimbledon

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The Olympic torch arrived at the All England Club on Monday and Andy Murray and Venus Williams were there to greet it. Murray was an obvious choice to take the torch onto Centre Court -- Best of British, after all -- and after jogging a few steps with an uncontrollable grin on his face, Murray met up with five-time Wimbledon champion Venus to pass the flame. After posing for pictures, Venus took the torch through the All England Club grounds before heading out into the throngs of cheering fans outside to pass the flame.

Venus' inclusion in the festivities was made even more significant given that it was World Sjogren's Day. Given how much she had to fight against the disorder in order to come back to tennis and qualify for the Olympics, well, you could understand her beaming smile. Here's what she posted on Facebook.

Today was an amazing day. I carried the Olympic flame right through Wimbledon! I truly felt the Olympic spirit, participation, giving your best and bringing people together no matter what their background of differences. This Olympics is very special to me having battled through an auto immune disease in the last year. It was my dream come true to qualify for the Olympics. To carry the torch today on World Sjorgens day was so fitting. My run with the flame today represented triumph for everyone battling an auto immune disease. I'm planning on enjoying every day at the Olympics, I won't take even one for granted!

Also check out a video report below:

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