Hockey star Kate Richardson-Walsh is going to carry the Team GB flag in the Olympic closing ceremony


Great Britain's gold medal-winning hockey captain will lead the nation's record-breaking team out at the Rio Olympics closing ceremony.

Kate Richardson-Walsh has been given the flagbearing honour after leading her team unbeaten through the competition, which culminated in a dramatic shootout victory over reigning champions the Netherlands in the final.

Kate Richardson-Walsh
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Richardson-Walsh and wife Helen became the first same-sex married couple to win an Olympic gold in the same final in the historic victory.

The skipper, 36, and her spouse, 34, are also thought to have been the first married couple since 1900 to win medals on the same team at the Games.

She made her Olympic debut 16 years ago at Sydney 2000 and also competed in Beijing 2008 and London 2012, where she won bronze.

A British Olympic Association panel, headed by Chef de Mission Mark England, decided the hockey star should carry the union flag into the Maracana.

Kate Richardson-Walsh
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Richardson-Walsh, from Manchester, said: "I feel incredibly proud to have been chosen.

"There are so many athletes here who have achieved great things in Rio and I'm incredibly surprised and excited to carry the flag this evening.

"I'm very aware of the magnitude of this honour having been part of this magnificent team who have just excelled in so many ways and in so many sports.

"There are so many fantastic multi-Olympians and multi-medallists here, I feel it's such a huge honour for me and for hockey as a sport.

"I've had such a fantastic Games. If you could write a movie script with a fairytale ending, then this would be it."