Storey ‘honoured’ to carry British flag at Paralympics closing ceremony

Sarah Storey celebrates with her Gold Medal following victory in the Women's Individual C5 Time Trial. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.
Sarah Storey celebrates with her Gold Medal following victory in the Women's Individual C5 Time Trial. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.
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CYCLIST Sarah Storey and wheelchair racer David Weir - who each won four gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympics - will carry the British flag together in this evening’s Closing Ceremony.

The move is a change to the normal protocol of selecting a single individual, and team officials had to gain permission from the International Paralympic Committee to make the move.

Storey said: “It’s a huge honour and it should be a very exciting night.”

The 34-year-old, from Disley, starred in the Velodrome and on the road at the 2012 Games, taking Individual Pursuit and 500m Time Trial victories on the track before moving to Brands Hatch where she won the Time Trial and triumphed in emphatic fashion in the C5 Road Race.

That win brought Storey her 11th career gold, to add to her eight silver medals and three bronze, making the former swimmer Britain’s most decorated female Paralympian.

Weir has lit up the Olympic Stadium over the last ten days, with victories over 5,000m, 1,500m and 800m and won GB’s last gold of the Games in the T54 Marathon this morning.