London 2012: Sir Chris Hoy to be Flagbearer


The British Olympic Association has announced that Sir Chris Hoy has been chosen to carry the Union Jack for team GB at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games on Friday.

He received the most votes among the 542 members of the British team.

Hoy, who also carried the flag at the closing ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, has won five Olympic medals in an illustrious career.

Victorious in the men’s sprint, the men’s team sprint and the men’s Keirin categories in Beijing four years ago, Hoy became the first Briton since Henry Taylor at the London 1908 Games to secure three gold medals at one Olympic Games. He also claimed a gold medal in Athens in 2004 and got his hands on a silver medal at the Sydney Olympics of 2000.

The 36 year-old Scot will begin competing in the second week of this year’s Games and has Sir Steve Redgrave’s British record of five gold medals firmly in his sights.

It has been a spectacular week for British cycling, after Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France and Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome advertised their impressive ability throughout the same race.

James Muir

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