The New Year Honours list is dominated by athletes from Team GB’s Olympic and Paralympic squad.
About 10% of all 1,197 gongs awarded go to the stars of Rio 2016 who smashed the country’s sporting records by coming second in the medal table in a performance that included 27 golds.
Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah and tennis world number one – and Wimbledon champ – Andy Murray are both knighted for their achievements.
Heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and rower Katherine Grainger are made Dames while British cycling couple Laura Trott and Jason Kenny get CBEs.
Somali-born Mo Farah, 33, was honoured after becoming only the second man to retain the 5,000m and 10,000m titles. He said last night: “Looking back at the boy who arrived here from Somalia, not speaking any English, I could never have imagined where I would be today.”
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Britain’s most decorated female Olympian, five-times medallist rower Katherine Grainger, 41, is made a Dame. There is an MBE for Test Match Special commentator Jonathan “Aggers” Agnew.
Paralympian swimmer Ellie Robinson wins an MBE at just 15. She claimed a Games record in Rio with gold in the 50m butterfly and was BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year. She told the Mirror: “It’s been such a snowball of a year.”
Sir Roger Bannister, 87, who ran the first four-minute mile, is made a Comp- anion of Honour. Wales boss Chris Coleman gets an OBE.