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Knighthoods for Bradley Wiggins, Ben Ainslie and Dave Brailsford in special Honours list

Last Updated: 29/12/12 7:17pm

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Bradley Wiggins and Ben Ainslie have received knighthoods in a special New Year Honours list that celebrates Britain's Olympic heroes.

Wiggins followed up his incredible Tour de France victory in July by winning Games gold - his fourth - in the men's time trial at London 2012, while Ainslie became the most successful Olympic sailor of all time when he won his fourth successive gold.

All of London's gold medallists end the year with an honour of some kind, although seven who had previously been recipients, including Sir Chris Hoy, were not recognised any further.

There is also a knighthood for British Cycling performance director and Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford, who masterminded Wiggins' Tour success as well as Team GB's victories in the velodrome.

A fourth knighthood goes to David Tanner, the performance director of British Rowing, whose team enjoyed a record haul at Eton Dorney with four golds and nine medals in total.

Four Olympic stars are made CBEs, including two of the heroes of Super Saturday in the Olympic Stadium, Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis.

Cyclist Victoria Pendleton, who brought an end to her career in the wake of London 2012, also receives a CBE along with rower Katherine Grainger, who finally secured gold alongside Anna Watkins in the double sculls after three successive silvers.

Dressage star Charlotte Dujardin and cycling couple Jason Kenny and Laura Trott, all of whom won two gold medals in a spectacular two weeks for Britain, and Andy Murray, who won a gold medal and broke his Grand Slam duck at the US Open, are all rewarded with OBEs.

Every other gold medal winner receives an MBE, including cyclists Peter Kennaugh and Steven Burke, and long jumper Greg Rutherford - the third British athletics hero on Super Saturday.

Also honoured with MBEs are three-day eventer Mary King, who was part of the team that won silver in Greenwich Park, and gymnast Louis Smith, now a three-time Olympic medallist.

A number of coaches were also honoured with MBEs: Malcolm Brown for triathlon where Britain won gold through Alastair Brownlee, equestrian performance director Will Connell, Paul Hall for gymnastics, David Howlett for sailing, former world middleweight title challenger Rob McCracken for boxing and Paul Thompson and Robin Williams for rowing.

The men and women who brought the Games to London also feature heavily with organising committee chair Lord Coe made a Companion of Honour.

Coe's deputy, Sir Keith Mills, is made a Knight Grand Cross and LOCOG chief executive Lord Deighton becomes a Knight Commander, while director of sport Debbie Jevans receives a CBE along with London 2012 director Neale Coleman.

Lord Coe said: "The New Year Honours list marks a wonderful end to this unique Olympic and Paralympic Year. It recognises the achievements of our sportsmen and women who inspired the nation."

"This year's list also recognises those behind the scenes at LOCOG for outstanding leadership and delivery of the world's largest sporting events.

"They are receiving honours in the fields of sport, arts, CVLS and the economy on behalf of their teams and the 8,000 people who delivered the London 2012 Games.

"I am incredibly proud of them all and our partners who made Britain proud this summer."

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