Murray named Team GB’s Olympic flag bearer

Reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has been selected to carry the flag for Team Great Britain at Friday's Rio 2016 opening ceremony.

Murray got the nod ahead of the likes of boxer Nicola Adams and rower Katherine Grainger.

He is the first tennis player to assume the role.

"To lead out Team GB will be an incredible honour, the biggest in sport," said Murray, who won doubles silver alongside Laura Robson at the London 2012 Games.

"I obviously have great memories of London and I am 100% focused on winning here in Rio.

"The privilege of being the flag bearer is a moment I will remember for the rest of my life and will certainly be one of the highlights of my career."

The United States have chosen swimmer Michael Phelps as their flag bearer, while hosts Brazil have given the honour to modern pentathlete Yana Marques.

The opening ceremony begins at 7am HKT on Saturday morning.

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