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BackgroundEdit

  • Crates won the T46 800m in Athens
  • Crates is the defending T46 800m champion
  • Crates, 35, from Essex, will be competing in his third Games, defending his T46 800m title in Beijing in 2008.


InsightsEdit

Crates to take GB Paralympic flagEdit

Athlete Danny Crates will carry the Great Britain (also known as GBR) Flag of the United Kingdom team flag at the 2008 Paralympic Games opening ceremony.

"When I step out on to the track on Saturday night with the flag it will be one of the proudest moments of my life," he said.

Crates was a talented rugby player before losing his arm in a road accident in Australia in 1994.

"During my career, I have had many highs and lows but the ultimate honour for any athlete is to carry their country's flag at an Olympics or Paralympics opening ceremony," he told BBC Sport.

"I have always been proud to compete under the Great Britain flag and seen it raised after races I have won.

"To have been nominated by my GB team-mates makes it extra special to special to know and I am following in a great line of British Paralympians who have done this job.

"I hope I can do the job with the same pride I have in all my races."

After taking a bronze medal in the T46 400m in Sydney in 2000 he moved up to 800m and won European gold before repeating the feat in Athens.

He has struggled this season with an Achilles problem but has said he will be on the start line for the first round on Sunday 14 September, 2008 - the final is the following day.

Phil Lane, chef de mission for ParalympicsGB, said: "Danny Crates is a great ambassador for disability sport and for ParalympicsGB and a wonderful role model for any young athlete.

"As a Paralympic, World and European champion he has proved himself to be a world-class athlete and fully deserves the honour of carrying the flag."

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