Mo Farah and Andy Murray knighted in New Year Honours list

By BBC

Mo Farah, 33, completed a ‘double double’ in Rio as he won his fourth Olympic gold and became only the second man to retain the 5,000m and 10,000m titles.

His knighthood completes a remarkable journey for the runner who moved from Somalia to England aged eight.

“Looking back at the boy who arrived here from Somalia, not speaking a world of English, I could never have imagined where I would be today – it’s a dream come true,” he said.

Becoming a Sir caps a landmark 12 months for Wimbledon and Olympic champion Andy Murray, 29.

February 2016: Has first child as wife Kim gives birth to daughter Sophia

June 2016: Becomes Wimbledon champion for the second time

August 2016: Defends Olympic singles title in Rio

November 2016: Replaces Novak Djokovic as world number one

December 2016: Wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year for record third time; knighted in New Year Honours List

Scot Murray, previously honoured with an OBE in 2012, had said he was “too young” for a knighthood.

  

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