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Women proudly bear their flags

Updated: July 27, 2012, 9:52 PM ET
By espnW

Fencer Mariel Zagunis of the United States was among several women to carry their country's flag during Friday's opening ceremony. A look at five others who had the honor for the 2012 London Games.

Maria SharapovaAlex Livesey/Getty ImagesTennis star Maria Sharapova, who missed the 2008 Olympics because of injury, led the Russian contingent into the stadium during Friday's opening ceremony for the London Games.
Dana Abdul RazakAP Photo/Mark HumphreyDana Abdul Razak, a sprinter who will compete in the 100 meters, carried the flag for Iraq.
Maria del Rosario EspinozaAP Photo/Mark HumphreyMexico's Maria del Rosario Espinoza won gold in taekwondo at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Saori YoshidaAP Photo/Mark HumphreyJapan flag bearer Saori Yoshida will try for a third straight gold in women's freestyle wrestling.
Natascha KellerAlex Livesey/Getty ImagesGerman field hockey star Natascha Keller is competing in her fifth Summer Olympics.

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