Kate Richardson-Walsh, captain of Great Britain’s gold medal-winning hockey team, has been named flag bearer for her country at the Olympics closing ceremony on Sunday.
Richardson-Walsh oversaw a victory by her team on Friday in a dramatic penalty shoot-out against Netherlands, alongside team-mate and wife Helen Richardson-Walsh.
The victory ensured a successful fourth Olympic tournament for Richardson-Walsh, and contributes to a medal haul that outstrips Team GB’s considerable success at their home games in 2012.
It is the best result of a Great British women’s hockey team at the Olympics, having twice won bronze at the 1992 Barcelona games and the 2012 London Games.
Richardson-Walsh was also part of the 2012 bronze medal-winning team, but was forced to sit out part of the tournament after having her jaw broken in the opening match. She returned by the time of the team’s penultimate match against China.
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