Team GBs Olympic champions are on the path for New Year honours

first_imgBritain will have a vanguard of new sporting knights and dames as a result of Team GB’s extraordinary success at Rio 2016, honours committee insiders have told The Daily Telegraph.At least 16 athletes will emerge from the Games as multiple gold medalists, with some, including cyclists Jason Kenny and Laura Trott, already among the country’s greatest ever Olympians.All could eventually be knighted or made dames, according to a source who sits on the honours committee and said the large number of multiple medalists would not be a reason to ration top honours to those with the most golds.“We would not take the attitude of ‘goodness me, that’s too many’,” said the source. “My feeling is that if they were all nominated, you give them all an honour.”Mo Farah, already a CBE after winning two golds at London 2012, could be upgraded to Sir Mo as soon as next year’s New Year Honours list, particularly if he wins another gold in Saturday’s 5,000m race. Mo Farah collects his CBE  Mo Farah already has a CBECredit: Christopher Pledger Sir Bradley Wiggins sticks his tongue out Gymnast Max Whitlock  “If they deserve a knighthood, they should have one, there is no quota system.” Andy Murray, currently an OBE, is regarded as a shoo-in for a knighthood after becoming the first athlete to retain an Olympic tennis title, with his two gold and one silver medal adding to his two Wimbledon and one US Open crowns. He may, however, be given a CBE first, with a knighthood to follow when he retires.All recipients of honours must be nominated by a member of the public, before their merit is considered by sports sub-committee, chaired by Lord Coe, which will then recommend people it thinks are worthy of an honour to the main honours committee. The rower Katherine Grainger, also a CBE, is favourite for a damehood at New Year after becoming the first British woman to win medals at five successive Games, with one gold and four silver. While the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins, Sir Chris Hoy, Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Ben Ainslie have four or more gold medals each, Kelly Holmes was made a Dame for winning two golds in the same Olympics in 2004.Dame Kelly’s achievement has been equalled at Rio by the gymnast Max Whitlock, the cyclist Jason Kenny, and by Mo Farah and Charlotte Dujardin at previous Games.Others with three golds include the cyclist Ed Clancy and the rowers Pete Reed and Andrew Triggs Hodge.Kenny and Trott can expect to be upgraded from OBE to CBE, with aknighthood and a damehood all but guaranteed when they retire. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Among those virtually guaranteed an honour are gymnast Max Whitlock, 23, who has won two gold medals in Rio, Kenny, Trott, the equestrian Charlotte Dujardin, who has three golds, and the triple gold medal-winning cyclist Ed Clancy.A source who sits on one of the committees said: “It would surprise me if someone as young as Max Whitlock were to be knighted at such a young age, when they have so much of their career ahead of them.”He is more likely to be given a less senior honour to begin with, but there is no reason to think he would not be in line for a knighthood in later life. Bradley Wiggins is already a ‘Sir’Credit:Pixel 8000 Gymnast Max Whitlock achieved two goldsCredit:Alex Livesey /Gettylast_img read more