NEW ACCOLADES: Farah and Ennis
BRITAIN’S OLYMPIC heroes have been duly recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list after a sporting summer to remember.
Golden girl Jessica Ennis and long-distance runner Mo Farah have both been made Commanders of the British Empire (CBE) following standout performances at London 2012.
Ennis broke her own national record and set three personal bests in the heptathlon en route to capturing gold, while Farah crossed the finish line first in the 5,000m and 10,000m to claim two golds at the Games.
Flyweight Nicola Adams, the first woman ever to win an Olympic boxing gold medal, will receive the accolade of Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).
Winning three bouts in total, the 30-year-old from Leeds defeated China’s Ren Cancan in the final 16-7.
Cancan had previously beaten Adams in points in the final of the World Championships in May pushing her into second place.
Super-heavyweight gold medallist Anthony Joshua has also been honoured with an MBE.
The 23-year-old from north London won four bouts at the Games to be crowned Britain’s first super-heavyweight Olympic champion since Audley Harrison in 2000.
Gymnastics silver and bronze medallist Louis Smith, who recently won BBC’s hit dance contest Strictly Come Dancing, has also earned an MBE.
MBE HONOURS: Smith
Smith, 23, from Peterborough, narrowly missed out on gold on the pommel horse at the ExCel Arena but went on to captain Britain’s bronze medal-winning quintet in the team event.
Catherine Ugwu, executive producer of London 2012 Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies, was honoured for her contribution.