Double Olympic gold medal canoeist Tony Estanguet was chosen to carry the French flag at the Opening Ceremony of theOlympics.
The President of the French National Olympic Committee (CNOSF), Henri Serandour, announced that Estanguet was chosen to lead the delegation of some 310 French athletes into Beijing's National Stadium on August 8th.
He succeeds handballer Jackson Richardson, who had the honour in 2004 at Athens. Estanguet was chosen by CNOSF from a pre-determined list of athletes that had notably included the fencer Laura Flessel and the swimmer Laure Manaudou.
Estanguet, who won gold medals in Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004, hopes to become the first French athlete to win individual gold medals at three straight Olympics.(Credit: ICF. Click here for further information.)