Martina Caironi announced as Italy’s flagbearer for Rio 201625.04.2016
The T42 Paralympic and world champion will carry her country’s flag during the Opening Ceremony.
“I am extremely glad to have this honour and as an athlete I am even more happy because Italian para-athletics has been growing a lot lately.”
The 26-year-old, who made her Paralympic debut at London 2012 winning gold in 15.87 seconds, enjoyed arguably the best year of her career in 2015.
During the course of the year she set six world records, three over 100m and three over 200m. She also equalled the long jump T42 record before it was surpassed by Germany’s Vanessa Low in Doha.
Caironi is delighted to have been confirmed as Italy’s flagbearer for Rio 2016.
“Italian Paralympic President Luca Pancalli called me the other day to announce me the big news while I was driving to the beach,” she said. “I thought I was dreaming. I couldn't believe it because I don't have a long career as well as Oscar De Pellegrin had (Italy's flagbearer in London 2012).I have been competing for six years only.
“I am extremely glad to have this honour and as an athlete I am even more happy because Italian para-athletics has been growing a lot lately. I am overexcited today, and cannot even think of being in Rio carrying the flag with all the Italian team following behind.”