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Charming moments of male medal bearers

2012-08-07 09:24:38 GMT2012-08-07 17:24:38(Beijing Time)  China Daily

Three male flower and medal bearers are seen at the victory ceremony for Judo at the London Olympics on July 30, 2012. [Photo/Xinhua]

Three male flower and medal bearers are seen at the victory ceremony for canoe slalom at the London Olympics on Aug 1, 2012. [Photo/Xinhua]

A gentleman gets ready to present a tray of flowers and a medal at the victory ceremony for rowing at the London Olympics, on Aug 3, 2012. [Photo/Xinhua]

A male flower and medal bearer presents flowers to Kazakhstan's Maiya Maneza, gold medalist in women's 63kg weightlifting at the London Olympics, on July 31, 2012. [Photo/Xinhua]

No longer is it strictly a woman's job to be escorts and flower and medal bearers – at the London Olympics, all the flower and medal bearers now are men, while the women are left to escort the athletes.

Each medal ceremony is led by a female escort who walks alongside the International Olympic Committee presenter, but the trays of flowers and medals are carried exclusively by some charming gentlemen.

A total of 200 male flower and medal bearers, for the first time, along with approximately 100 female escorts, will wear the ceremonial costumes, a design in royal purple that has been created by students at the Royal College of Art (RCA).

In London, the escorts and presenters will attend 805 victory ceremonies held in over 30 venues across the capital for 4,400 medal-winning athletes.

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