By Tom Degun at the Main Press Centre on the Olympic Park in London

Oscar Pistorius_400_metres_13_AugustAugust 13 - Four-times Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius said he felt privileged after carrying the South African flag at the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony last night in front of 80,000 spectators and a global audience of around 300 million.

The 25-year-old sprinter made history here when he became the first double-leg amputee to compete in athletics at the Games.

Pistorius reached the semi-finals of the individual 400 metres (pictured top) and was part of the African nation's team which made the final of the 4x400m relay.

He proved one of the most popular athletes at the Games and was given the task of being South Africa's flag-bearer at the Closing Ceremony.

"I was really honoured to be chosen to carry the South African flag," he said.

"It was a great ending to the Games – an amazing experience I will never forget."

Oscar Pistorius_13_AugustParalympian Oscar Pistorius carries South Africa's flag at the Olympics Closing Ceremony

The Ceremony marked a busy few hours for Pistorius who headed back to South Africa with his team-mates at the crack of dawn this morning.

"0455 and heading out to the airport," he tweeted.

"Feels surreal that the @London2012 @Olympics has come to an end.

"Was absolutely life changing!"

Fortunately for Pistorius' army of fans in Britain, he will return to London for the Paralympic Games which begins on August 29.

Pistorius will be looking to defend his titles in the T44 100m, 200m and 400m.

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