The University of Bath based duo of swimmer Mark Foster and Judo player Marcon Bezzina stepped out in front of 91,000 screaming spectators to lead their contingents into the impressive Bird’s Nest Stadium at yesterday’s Opening Ceremony.
The 38 year old Foster, competes at his fifth Olympic Games flew the flag for Team GB, while Bezzina, who represents Malta for her second consecutive Games had the honour of leading out the Maltese team.
“Walking around the arena was mind-blowing and amazing,” said Foster. “I’ve achieved a lot in my time, but if I don’t win an Olympic medal, doing this tonight will be my Olympic medal. It was an honour first and foremost, but the experience of leading the team out made me really proud. It was brilliant and unbelievably worth it.”
Bezzina becomes the second Team Bath judo athlete at consecutive Games to lead their team after former Team Bath athlete Kate Howey had the honour of bearing the flag for Team GB in Athens four years ago.
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