Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt will carry Jamaica’s flag at Friday’s Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics, the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) said on Thursday.
“I can tell you that our flag bearer will be the honorable, doctor Usain Bolt,” JOA president Mike Fennell said at the start of a news conference for the Jamaica team.
Bolt was thrilled at the prospect of leading the team out on Friday.
“Carrying the flag is an honor,” he said. “For my country I would do anything because I love my country. Couldn’t live anywhere else.
“To be on TV, to be singled out at the opening ceremony, it’s kind of great and I’m looking forward to it tomorrow.”
Bolt became one of the biggest names in sport after winning gold medals in the 100 meters, 200m and 4x100m relay at the Beijing Olympics four years ago, all in world record times.
The 25-year-old’s aura of invincibility has faded a little this year but his defense of the 100m title in particular is expected to be one of the highlights of the Games.
The blue riband sprint takes place on August 5, the eve of the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence.
“Everyone wants a win and would love to see a world record to say happy birthday to Jamaica,” said Bolt. “I look forward to saying happy birthday to Jamaica.”
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