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Farah and Murray knighted in New Year's Honours List

Farah and Murray knighted in New Year's Honours List

Andy Murray - who became a father in February - was among an elite group of British sport stars to be recognised by the Queen.

The Scotsman also added the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals title to his resume, ending Novak Djokovic's run of four consecutive titles.

Andy Murray is to become "Sir Andy" after it was announced he is included in the New Year's Honour list.

The Scot won Olympic gold for the second time, reached three of the four Grand Slam finals and ended the year as world number one. "You receive a letter asking you to accept the honour and ever since sending the envelope back to the Prime Minister I've hardly slept". In previous interviews, Murray has said he thought he was too young at 29 to be knighted, but it seems the Queen did not agree. "I am just trying to keep doing what I am doing, working hard and achieving stuff".

Mo Farah was already a CBE following London 2012, and the 33-year-old was recognized for retaining his 5,000- and 10,000-meter Olympic titles at Rio 2016.




Farah is already a Commander of the Order of the British Empire following his double gold at London 2012, but says being elevated to "Sir Mo" was hard to take in. The 44-year-old Grainger, the most decorated female Olympian, has won five Olympic medals, including one gold at London 2012.

Mr Farah said, "I'm so happy to be awarded this incredible honour from the country that has been my home since I moved here at the age of eight". It's a dream come true.

"My successes have only been possible due to their support and the commitment, sacrifices and love of my wonderful family and the team around me now and over the years".

Ennis-Hill, who had returned to compete in Rio after becoming a mother, has been made a Dame for services to athletics.

Ennis-Hill came agonisingly close to defending her Olympic title in Rio, finishing the heptathlon in second place behind Belgium's Nafissatou Thiam.

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