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Princess Anne knight’s former Olympian

Veteran track runner, Sir Brendan Foster was given his knighthood yesterday from the Princess Royal.

He said it was a “real honour” to receive the royal accolade at Windsor Castle, where he was reunited with Anne.

The 73-year-old became European champion at 5,000 metres in 1974, and was made BBC Sports Personality the same year.

Sir Brendan, from Hebburn, South Tyneside, went on to win 10,000-metre bronze at the Montreal Olympics, Great Britain’s only track-and-field medal at the event, and took gold at the 1978 Commonwealth Games.

He was knighted for services to international and national sport and to culture in north-east England.

Speaking to the PA news agency at Windsor, he said: “It’s a real honour to be knighted today.

“It was particularly exciting for me to receive it from Princess Anne.

“We go back a long way. We were both on the Olympic team in 1976, we were both BBC Sports Personality of the Year in the 70s.

“It was lovely to see her and it was great to receive the honour from her.”

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