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Ainslie named Team GB flag bearer for closing ceremony

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Ben Ainslie has won five medals - four golds and a silver - in as many Olympic Games © Getty Images
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Sailor Ben Ainslie has been handed the honour of carrying the British flag during Sunday's closing ceremony.

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Ainslie became the most decorated Olympic sailor of all time when he successfully defended his Olympic Finn crown in Weymouth last week, claiming his fourth consecutive gold medal to take his medal tally to five - having won silver on his Olympic debut at Atlanta 1996.

"It's a really proud moment for me and for sailing to have such an involvement at the end of what's been such an amazing Games for the whole country," Ainslie said.

"There have been so many people involved in making these Games so special, so I think one thing you'd say on behalf of all the athletes is thanks so much to everyone involved - all the volunteers, and the whole nation for getting behind the team.

"It's been our best-ever performance at the Olympics, and I think a lot of that comes down to having so much fantastic home support."

Team GB chef de mission Andy Hunt said: "Ben Ainslie is the perfect choice for Team GB's flag bearer for the closing ceremony. He has been at the heart of Great Britain's Olympic endeavours since 1996 and his achievements are already legendary.

"There are a number of worthy candidates from Team GB's ranks, athletes who have made the country proud and distinguished themselves through their accomplishments here at London 2012. But in becoming the most decorated sailor in Olympic history, Ben has earned the honour of leading our delegation into the closing ceremony of these extraordinary Games."

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