Andy Murray and Mo Farah are among those knighted in the New Year Honours list

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Sir Andy Murray, professiona tennis player

At just the age of 29, Andy Murray was knighted, making him one of the youngest to receive the greatest honour in the United Kingdom. Murray had an exceptional year in 2016 by winning Wimbledon in June and in August he successfully defended his Olympic single title in Rio. He became world one in November. And just this month, he won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for record third time.

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Sir Mo Farah

Another popular Olympic gold medalist also knighted is Mo Farah. Like Murray, Farah also had an outstanding year. In August, he successfully defended both his 5,000m and 10,000m Olympic gold titles in Rio. Making him only the second man to retain both titles in history.

But unlike Murray, Farah came to the United Kingdom from Somalia at the age of eight without knowing a word of English. Looking back at what has been a remarkable journey, Farah said; “I could never have imagined where I would be today,”

Murray was also humbled by the honour. He said his goal is to keep working hard and achieving stuffs. Some have argued folks like Murray deserve the honour but are too young to receive it and Murray himself agrees with them, “I don’t know, I feel too young for something like that. I could still mess up and make mistakes,”

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Murray was previously honoured with an OBE in 2012. But with the knighthood, he becomes Sir Andy Murray. Congratulations to Sir Andy Murray and Sir Mo Farah!

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