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Biles to carry U.S. flag in finale

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Multi-gold-medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles will carry the U.S. flag in tonight's closing ceremony, it was announced Saturday.

Biles was chosen by a vote of fellow U.S. team members.

Biles won gold in the team, all-around, vault and floor exercise events. She also won bronze on the balance beam. Winning four golds at one Olympics has been accomplished by only three other women. She was the first American to do so.

"It's an incredible honor to be selected as the flag bearer," Biles said in a statement. "This experience has been the dream of a lifetime for me and my team, and I consider it a privilege to represent my country."

Biles is the second gymnast to serve as the U.S. flag bearer in either an opening or closing ceremony. In 1936, Alfred Jochim led the U.S. delegation.

Aussies not happy with police: Australian officials apologized to nine of their athletes who were forced to pay fines by Brazilian police for falsifying documents after they sat in the wrong seats while watching their team's men's basketball semifinal against Serbia on Saturday.

The group, representing six sports, sat in upgraded seats. Australia team leader Kitty Chiller said it's "traditional" for athletes to put a sticker on their accreditation with another venue's access code but it's treated more seriously in Brazil.

The athletes were subjected to two days of questioning for "falsifying documents," an offence that can carry a prison sentence of up to five years in Brazil, before being ordered to each pay a fine of $3,120. Chiller said the athletes were "definitely not at fault." They "were held at a police station for many hours, and I apologize for the trauma they went through," Chiller said. "I am very disappointed our athletes had to go through (that)."

The website Inside the Games contributed to this report.

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