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Olympian’s Sydney 2000 torch missing after friend mistakenly drives off with it on top of car

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This picture taken 02 April 2004 shows The Olympic Flame burning outside the all-marble Panathinian stadium, downtown Athens, as the Olympic rings are seen in the background. The Olympic torch will depart from the Greek capital 02 June evening for Sydney, first step of a journey that will take it on the five continents to finish itself August 13 to the Olympic stadium at the time of the opening ceremony of the Athens Games (13-29 August). AFP PHOTO/ Aris MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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It was a common mistake made to lose an uncommon item.

A friend of Australian 1984 Olympic long jumper Robyn Lorraway borrowed Lorraway’s torch from the Sydney 2000 Olympic relay to show her school class. That torch is now missing after the friend placed it on top of her car and drove off.

Lorraway called it “an honest mistake.”

“A lot of people may have placed something on top of the car and driven off before realizing,” said Lorraway, who finished sixth in the 1984 long jump won, according to Australian reports.

“I have great hope that the torch has been found by someone nearby and will be handed to the police as soon as possible.”

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