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VIDEO: Jessica Ennis honoured at palace

London 2012 star Jessica Ennis has been made CBE by the Queen at Buckingham Palace, while Team GB cycling boss David Brailsford has been knighted.

Heptathlon winner Ennis said the Queen had told her “the summer was amazing” and asked how her training was going.

Other Olympians honoured included cyclist Jason Kenny, made OBE, as well as long jumper Greg Rutherford, boxer Nicola Adams and cyclist Joanna Rowsell, who were all made MBE.

Footage courtesy of British Ceremonial Arts

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Olympic stars honoured at palace



The Queen awards Jessica Ennis a CBE

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London 2012 star Jessica Ennis has been appointed CBE at Buckingham Palace, while Team GB cycling boss Dave Brailsford has been knighted.

Heptathlon winner Ennis said the Queen had told her “the summer was amazing” and asked how her training was going.

Other Olympians honoured included cyclist Jason Kenny (OBE) as well as long jumper Greg Rutherford, boxer Nicola Adams and cyclist Joanna Rowsell, who were all appointed MBE.

They were announced at the end of 2012.

Ennis, 27, said afterwards she was “feeling very excited, though it was nerve-wracking before – it’s incredible to receive this”.

Asked what the Queen had said, she replied: “She just said ‘the summer was amazing, how’s training going’? So it was very, very nice.”

She said her achievement in the summer “still doesn’t feel real, to be honest”.

“It was just an amazing year for British athletics and British sport and to be part of that in such a big way was incredible.”

‘Quite humbling’

Brailsford, 48, masterminded British dominance in cycling at the Olympics and Paralympics and, as Team Sky boss, helped Bradley Wiggins – also knighted in the New Year Honours list – to win the Tour de France.

He said: “It means so much and is such a humbling experience. I’m very proud.

“The Queen congratulated me on my birthday, which is actually on the 29th, which made her chuckle.

The Queen and Sir David BrailsfordDave Brailsford said he and the Queen had discussed the Olympics’ success

“We talked about the Olympics and how proud everyone was and what a great event it had been.”

Long jumper Rutherford, 28, who along with Ennis and 5,000m runner Mo Farah helped Team GB to win three golds in an hour on “Super Saturday” in the Olympic Stadium, said his MBE was “extraordinary”.

“You dream of doing well at an Olympics, especially a home Olympics, and then the things that come along after that are just absolutely out of this world,” he said as he arrived at the palace.

“I don’t think, truly, you can imagine these sorts of things happening and being awarded by the Queen.”

Boxer Adams, 30, told reporters as she arrived that she was “over the moon – really excited”.

Meanwhile, Cherie Blair, the wife of former PM Tony Blair, was appointed CBE for services to women’s issues and charity.

She is patron of charities including Refuge, Scope and Breast Cancer Care.

Theatre and TV actor Adrian Lester became OBE.

And Glamorgan cricketer Robert Croft, who retired from first-class cricket last year aged 42, and Raymond “Jerry” Roberts, 92 – a codebreaker at Bletchley Park in World War II – were both appointed MBE at the investiture service.

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VIDEO: Spectacular crash in men’s madison

Belgium’s Kenny de Ketele flips over his handlebars as he crashes during the men’s madison at the World Track Cycling Championships in Minsk.

De Ketele clipped the back wheel of a Ukrainian rider during the early stages of the race, but was able to get back on his bike and continue.

France went on to win the madison, with Spain taking silver and Germany grabbing the bronze.

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Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/21567089

James plays down Rio 2016 hopes

Double world champion Becky James has said she knows she cannot get too carried away with her prospects for the next Olympics in Rio.

Last week James

became the first Briton to win four medals

at a single World Track Cycling Championships.

The 21-year-old has been tipped as a potential star of the 2016 Olympics having missed out on the London Games.

“It’s a few years away so I’m just focusing on the stepping stones towards Rio,” said James.

“I’m hoping to keep developing and each year get faster and faster.

“I’ve got a long season ahead with the World Cups and World Championships again next year.

“That’s what I’m going to be aiming to do and hopefully be the fastest woman in 2016.”

James won the women’s sprint and keirin at the championships in Belarus, having won bronze in the team sprint and 500m time trial.


Double world champion Becky James

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Becky James makes history at Worlds

Her success in Minsk came after she missed out on competing in last summer’s Olympic Games.

Injuries and illness hampered her preparations for London 2012 and she was only a reserve for the women’s team sprint event.

The Abergavenny rider says her championship medals made up for missing London 2012 and paid tribute to the support she received from the British team.

“The last year’s been tough especially with the Olympics and missing out. I was really disappointed and a bit down in the dumps,” James said.

“They [GB cycling coaches] said I had to forget about it and move on and they helped me through that.

“It’s nice for me to be able to achieve that but it’s so nice for them to see me achieving that too.

“It was hard missing out but it gave me more motivation. I’ve been really healthy this year, trained so hard and it’s worked out so well for me and worked perfectly at the World Championships.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/wales/21605024

VIDEO: Trott clinches world omnium silver

Britain’s Laura Trott clinches silver in the women’s omnium at the World Track Cycling Championships in Minsk on Sunday.

Despite finishing fourth in the 500m time trial, it was enough to secure second place in the overall standings behind eventual winner Sarah Hammer from the USA.

Trott adds the silver medal to the gold she won earlier at the championships

when Great Britain’s women’s pursuit team defended their world title.

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