Arise ‘Sir Andy’, ‘Sir Mo’ as Murray, Farah knighted

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Andy Murray’s knighthood caps a dream season for the Scot, who finished as the year-end world number one for initially © AFP/File / GLYN KIRK

LONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 31 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray as well as Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah will each receive a knighthood inside brand new Year Honours.

Murray’s knighthood caps a dream season for the Scot, who finished as the year-end world number one for initially after ending Novak Djokovic’s long spell at the top.

The 29-year-old clinched a second Wimbledon title in July before successfully defending his Olympic singles crown as well as then winning a first ATP Tour Finals crown to stop Djokovic regaining first place.

Murray, previously honoured with an OBE in 2012, became a father for initially in February as well as earlier that will month was voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for a record third time.

“Obviously the item will be the highest honour you can get in that will country. nevertheless I feel like I’m too young for something like that will,” said Murray before the announcement was made on Friday.

“When I win any award or am presented with anything the item will be nice because the item will be recognition for what you have given your life to — up to right now anyway.

“I am still young as well as there are still a lot of things that will can go wrong. I could still mess up as well as make mistakes. I am just trying to keep doing what I am doing, working hard as well as achieving stuff.”

Farah receives his knighthood after he retained his 5,000 as well as 10,000 metres titles at the Rio Olympics, becoming the first British track as well as field athlete to win four Olympic gold medals.

Mo Farah strikes his famous “Mobot” pose as he wears his Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire medal in 2013 © POOL/AFP/File / BEN GURR

The 33-year-old Somalia-born athlete will be already a CBE following his double gold at London 2012.

“I’m so happy to be awarded that will incredible honour through the country that will has been my home since I moved here at the age of eight,” Farah said.

“Looking back at the boy who arrived here through Somalia, not speaking any English, I could never have imagined where I would likely be today. the item’s a dream come true.

“I’m so proud to have had the opportunity to race for my country as well as win gold medals for the British people, who have been my biggest supporters throughout my career.

“My successes have only been possible because of their support as well as the commitment, sacrifices as well as love of my amazing family as well as the team around me right now as well as over time.”

Para-equestrian Lee Pearson will be also knighted after adding gold through the Individual Freestyle grade Ib as well as silver in Dressage to his golds in Beijing as well as London.

The decorated Paralympian already held the MBE, OBE as well as CBE for services to equestrianism as well as to disabled sport.

Damehoods go to heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill as well as rower Katherine Grainger, who both retired through competitive action following the 2016 Rio Games.

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

The 30-year-old through Sheffield added silver at the 2016 Games to her gold at London, as well as was already a CBE.

Grainger receives her damehood for services to sport as well as charity, the veteran rower having come out of retirement to compete in Rio, where she won silver inside double sculls alongside Vicky Thornley.

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