Saturday 20 January 2018

Famous flag-bearers

Russia

Maria Sharapova (Tennis)

Carrying the Russian flag on her Olympic debut, Sharapova has won each of tennis' four Grand Slam tournaments.

Serbia

Novak Djokovic (Tennis)

The world No 1 until recently, Djokovic has won five Grand Slams, is a three-time Australian Open champion, and won the men's bronze at the 2008 Olympics.

South Africa

Caster Semenya (Athletics)

Following her women's 800m win at the 2009 World Championships, Semenya's gender was subject to scrutiny and testing from the IAAF. She was cleared to run in 2010 and won silver in the women's 800m at the 2011 Worlds.

Irish Independent

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