Hoy to carry British flag at Olympics

July 23rd, 2012 - 9:49 pm ICT by IANS  

London, July 23 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Four-time Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Chris Hoy has been given the honour of carrying the British flag at his home Olympics in London, he said Monday.

Hoy was reportedly the clear winner of a poll of the 31 teams of athletes Britain is sending to the Olympics.

“Delighted to be able to say that I’ll be carrying the flag at the Opening Ceremony! Massive honour!” Hoy said on Twitter.

Hoy is set to participate for the team sprint and keirin at the Games, two of the three events he won in Beijing in 2008, where he carried the British flag at the closing ceremony.

Winning both events would make him the most successful British Olympian in history, surpassing rower Steve Redgrave’s tally of five gold medals.

Hoy also won the individual sprint in Beijing, but was not selected for the event in London, with Jason Kenny preferred instead.

The British team will enter the Olympic Stadium as the last of the 204 countries, as is traditional for the host nation.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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