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LONDON -- Daley Thompson and Steve Redgrave don't like each other too much.

Both British Olympic greats wanted to light the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, and they spent the lead-up sniping at each other. Redgrave listed his five best British athletes and didn't include Thompson, a two-time gold medalist in the decathlon. Redgrave, who won five gold medals as a rower, included himself on the list.

Thompson fired back Saturday.

"As I understand it, for most of his gold-medal career, he wasn't even the best rower in his boat,'' he told the Independent. "So how he considers himself the greatest is beyond me. I was going to put him 10th, but to show there are no hard feelings between us, I've moved him up to ninth.''

Redgrave ran the torch into Olympic Stadium on Friday night, then handed it off to seven young athletes, who lit the cauldron. Thompson ran a leg of the torch route two days earlier.

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