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Hoy selected to carry flag for GB

Chris Hoy
Hoy was one of Britain's outstanding performers in Beijing

Triple gold medallist Chris Hoy will carry the Olympic flag for Great Britain at the closing ceremony in Beijing on Sunday.

The 32-year-old track cyclist was the first Briton for 100 years to win three gold medals at the same Olympics.

"It's a huge honour to be carrying the flag," said Hoy, who was already involved in the ceremony as part of the handover to London 2012.

"When you consider the standard of the team it's a special honour for me."

London will unveil their blueprint for 2012 with an eight-minute slot during the closing ceremony.

And the start of the 2.5m set will feature Hoy and fellow cycling gold medallist Victoria Pendleton, dressed as everyday Londoners, following a red London double-decker bus around the Bird's Nest stadium.

The Edinburgh athlete, who won the individual sprint, the team sprint and the keirin, became only the second Briton to win three golds at the same Games after swimmer Henry Taylor did likewise in London in 1908.




see also
London's handover plans revealed
23 Aug 08 |  London 2012
Olympic parade for Scottish stars
22 Aug 08 |  Scotland
Team GB's roll of honour
23 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Brown meets triple gold hero Hoy
22 Aug 08 |  UK Politics
Velodrome honour for golden Hoy
19 Aug 08 |  Scotland
Hoy clinches historic third gold
19 Aug 08 |  Cycling
Knighthood call for golden Hoy
17 Aug 08 |  Scotland
Awesome GB sprint team take gold
15 Aug 08 |  Cycling


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