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Benoit Huot named flag bearer for Paralympic closing ceremony

09/09/2012 07:45 EDT | Updated 11/09/2012 05:12 EST
Swimming champion Benoît Huot of Montreal, who won gold, silver and bronze medals in London, will carry the Canadian flag at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games today.

Huot won Canada's first medal of the Games — a gold — in world record time in the 200-metre individual medley.

He added a silver in the 400 freestyle and bronze in the 100 backstroke.

In four Paralympic Games, Huot has won 19 medals, including nine gold. He was thrilled over being chosen to lead Team Canada at the closing ceremony.

"I would say it's by far the greatest honor that I can receive as an athlete," Huot said. "It's going to be an amazing time and I'm going to stand up and carry the flag as high as I can, and be proud of it."

Canadian athletes have 30 medals at the Games, including the gold medal in wheel chair basketball won Saturday night.

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