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Andy Murray named Team GB's flagbearer for Rio Olympics 2016

Andy Murray will lead out Team GB in Rio on Friday. Credit: Team GB

Andy Murray has been named Great Britain's flagbearer for the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The Wimbledon champ beat off competition from the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins, Nicola Adams and David Florence to become the first tennis player to land the honour.

He said: "I'm very proud to be selected. To represent your country at the Games is an unbelievable experience, but to lead out Team GB will be an incredible honour, the biggest in sport."

The 29-year-old clinched men's singles gold at the London 2012 Games as well as silver in the mixed doubles alongside Laura Robson.

The Olympic opening ceremony is at the Maracana Stadium in Brazil on Friday.