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Andy Murray chosen as flag bearer for Team GB




Andy Murray is having a pretty good summer.

Fresh off the back of winning his second career Wimbledon title, the Scot has been named as the flag bearer for Team Great Britain in today’s Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony.

Murray, who won a men’s singles gold medal in London 2012, was chosen for the honor by the British Olympic Association from a shortlist of athletes submitted by each sport.


The three-time Grand Slam winner won out over a number of other notable British sporting figures, including the likes of cyclist Bradley Wiggins, boxer Nicola Adams, and rower Katherine Grainger.

The 29-year-old Murray is competing in his third Olympic Games and is the first tennis player to be awarded this distinction for Team GB.

“This is my third Olympic Games and it is a very special competition for me. I obviously have great memories of London and I am 100 percent focused on winning here in Rio,” said Murray in a statement posted on the Team GB website.

“The privilege of being the flag bearer is a moment I will remember for the rest of my life and will certainly be one of the highlights of my career. I hope to do the team proud on Friday and wish all of the British athletes the best of luck for the Games ahead.”

While Britain’s procession for the Opening Ceremony may be heavy on star athletes, it may also be light on numbers. According to BOA Chief Executive Bill Sweeney, as few as 55 members of Britain’s 366-strong team may represent Team GB in the ceremony, with many of the athletes competing the next day not taking part and many others remaining at a holding camp in Belo Horizonte.

Culled from Yahoosports

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