London 2012 stars Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah get CBEs in the New Year Honours list
Last Updated: December 29, 2012 2:29pm
Jessica Ennis: Won gold in the heptathlon
Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah have been awarded CBEs in the New Year Honours list for their Olympic Games successes.
Ennis, Farah and long-jumper Greg Rutherford all took gold medals on what has since been dubbed 'Super Saturday' in the Olympic Stadium.
The day started with two successive rowing golds at Eton Dorney, but it was the athletes who provided the highlight with all three victories coming in the space of one glorious hour.
Ennis kicked proceedings off when she wrapped up the heptathlon crown by winning the closing 800 metres, ensuring she completed the treble of Olympic, World and European titles.
The Sheffield athlete went on to finish second in the voting for Sports Personality of the Year, behind the newly-knighted Sir Bradley Wiggins, and has also been named as a new member of the Sky Sports Living For Sport team.
"It sounds surreal (to be a CBE)," Ennis told Sky Sports News. "When I got involved in sport it wasn't something I ever thought about so to be in this position at the age of 26 is just such an honour.
"(This year) has been an absolute dream, a once-in-a-lifetime experience."
Rutherford was next to experience golden glory as he leapt to victory in the men's long jump, taking the lead in the second round and never giving it up.
His eventual winning distance of 8.31 metres was 15 centimetres ahead of Australia's Mitchell Watt and victory ensured the atmosphere remained loud for Farah's race, the stamina-sapping 10,000 metres.
He said: "I am delighted and feel very proud to be receiving this great honour. This has been an incredible year for me and winning a gold medal at a home Games was a dream come true."
Farah became the first Briton to win the 25-lap race, beating his training partner Galen Rupp by a couple of metres, and better was to follow later in the Games when he added the 5,000 metres crown.
The gold medal successes capped an amazing rise to fame for the Somalia-born 29-year-old, whose form improved significantly after he moved to the United States to train under Alberto Salazar.
He won the same 5,000-10,000 metre double at the 2010 European Championships and was narrowly denied the double at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, when Ethiopia's Ibrahim Jelian pipped him for the 10,000 metre title.
His 'Mobot' celebration became one of the abiding memories of the summer and he was also named British Athletics Writers' Association Award winner as well as European Athlete of the Year for the second year running.