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Mar 17, 2012

Jones puts hand up to carry London flag

History-making swimmer Leisel Jones says she would put her hand up to carry the flag for Australia at the London Olympics opening ceremony despite competing on the second day of competition.

Jones is likely to be one of the front runners for the job after becoming the first Australian swimmer to earn a spot at four Olympics at trials in Adelaide on Saturday night.

Swimmers competing on the early days of the meet are usually recommended not to march in the opening ceremony but 26-year-old Jones says she would buck the trend - despite the 100m breaststroke falling on day two.

"I would not care. I would not turn it down," reigning Olympic champion Jones said after finishing second in the 100m breaststroke final behind Leiston Pickett in Adelaide.

"I would be so proud and definitely would put up my hand.

"... I would love that, that would be an absolute honour, anyone who has carried the flag knows how amazing that is, it just really tops off your Olympic experience.

"I would love to think I would be at least top five (considered) ... Four Olympics, fingers crossed."

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