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Issued : Thursday, June 14, 2012 11:32 AM
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Culson to carry PR flag in Olympics

By CB Online Staff

Ponce native Javier Culson will carry the Puerto Rican flag at the head of the island delegation during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London later this summer.

The 400-meter hurdler was picked by the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee (Copur). Culson, taking a break from competing and training, was back on the island for the announcement by Copur President David Bernier in San Juan on Wednesday afternoon.

“Carrying the flag is a dream come true,” said an emotional Culson.

Culson’s gold medal streak shows no sign of slowing in the run up to the London games, which kick off July 27.

In fact, the speedster seems to just be heating up, posting his best time in two years to win the 400-meter hurdles at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Oslo last week.

Culson blew out the field to cross the finish line first with a world-leading time of 47.92 seconds. The last time he broke the 48-second barrier was in 2010 at the Ponce Grand Prix.

The win in Norway came exactly a week after Culson grabbed another gold medal with his first-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Rome.

The win in the Norwegian capital was the latest warning issued by Culson to his rivals as the clock ticks toward London.

Last month, the former world championships silver medalist from Puerto Rico took gold before a hometown crowd at the Ponce Grand Prix-IAAF World Challenge.

In late April, Culson won the 400 hurdles at the prestigious Drake Relays track & field meet in Des Moines, Iowa.

“The man receiving this flag is a regular Puerto Rican. One from humble roots, raised by a devoted mother,” Bernier said. “He’s a product of our public schools.”

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