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Perfect end to Marlon's year.

COVENTRY'S Marlon Devonish has been awarded an MBE in a New Year's Honours list dominated by Olympic gold medalists.

Devonish, Jason Gardener, Darren Campbell and Mark Lewis-Francis have been recognised by the Queen for their historic 4x100 metres relay triumph in Athens.

Matthew Pinsent, four times an Olympic rowing winner, follows in Steve Redgrave's footsteps with a knighthood while double track champion Kelly Holmes and multi Paralympic medalist Tanni Grey-Thompson become dames.

It has been an amazing year for Devonish who, since the Olympics, has received a civic reception at the council house, switched on Coventry's Christmas lights, and been invited to appear in a music video.

But the highlight for the 28-year-old Godiva Harrier star was when he broke the news to parents Vivian and Desmond, of Bridgacre Gardens, Binley.

"My mum was laughing with joy on the phone and was very, very happy, and so are all my family" he said. "It's been a great year.

"I've got an Olympic gold medal, received a Blue Peter badge, been nominated for the team award at BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and topped it off with an MBE."

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DELIGHT: Marlon Devonish has been honoured by the Queen after his Olympic heroics in Athens this summer
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Dec 31, 2004
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