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Olympics 2016: Simone Biles to carry US flag at closing ceremony

Biles won team and individual gold medals in the women's all-around, vault and floor exercise, also adding a fifth medal, bronze, on balance beam. Photograph: (Getty)

AFP Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Aug 20, 2016, 03.05 PM (IST)
Gymnast Simone Biles, winner of four gold medals in her first Olympic Games in Rio, will carry the US flag at the closing ceremony on Sunday, the US Olympic Committee said Saturday.

Biles was chosen by a vote of fellow Team US members and is just the second gymnast to be named flag bearer for the US, after Alfred Jochim in the opening ceremony in 1936.

Biles won team and individual gold medals in the women's all-around, vault and floor exercise, also adding a fifth medal, bronze, on the balance beam.

Cementing her claim to the status of best gymnast of her generation, the 19-year-old became the first American gymnast to win four golds at a single Games.
 
She is one of only four women to accomplish the feat in Olympic history, joining Larissa Latynina (1956), Vera Caslavska (1968) and Ekaterina Szabo (1984).

(AFP)
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