Long distance runner Mo Farah has been knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honors list.
The 33 year old 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.
Heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill, has also been made a dame in the Queen’s New Year Honors list.
Jessica, 30, announced in October she was retiring from athletics after winning an Olympics silver medal in the summer.
She secured heptathlon gold at the London 2012 Olympics and will be awarded her third World Championship after Tatyana Chernova was stripped of the 2011 title.
“What a team to have been apart of. Dame…truly truly honoured!” she posted on Twitter.