Pistorius carries South Africa flag at Olympics closing ceremony

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Aug 12th, 2012
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Oscar Pistorius of South Africa prepares to start in round 1 of the men’s 400m heats at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 4, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

LONDON Oscar Pistorius was chosen to carry South Africa’s flag at the closing ceremony for the London Olympics.

Pistorius wrote on Twitter on Sunday prior to the ceremonies: “Really feel honoured … What a great ending to the games it’ll be!”

The double-amputee runner competed in the men’s 400 metres and 4×400 relay, and ran the anchor leg for the South Africans on his carbon-fibre blades in Friday night’s relay final.

South Africa was the last team to cross the finish line in the final, but Pistorius already had made history as the first double amputee to compete at any Olympics.

Following Sunday’s ceremony, Pistorius will return to the Olympic Stadium at the end of this month for the Paralympics, where he is the defending champion in the 100, 200 and 400 metres in his class.

The Associated Press

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