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Gold medallist Tanni Grey-Thompson had to bow out of a reception at Buckingham Palace for Britain's Paralymic heroes due to jet-lag. The Queen, the Earl of Wessex and the Duchess of Gloucester were holding the reception to praise members of Team GB, including Wales' Tanni, who won two golds and one silver medal at the Games.

But a spokeswoman for the athlete said she was unable to attend due to only flying home from India hours earlier.

The squad of 166 competitors finished second in the medals table, winning 94 medals including 35 golds.

Tanni, 35, had flown to India with the Laureas Sports Institute where she was visiting a programme for disadvantaged children.

The commitment also meant the Cardiff athlete missed the special ticker tape parade through London last Monday to celebrate Team GB's medal success in the games.

Her double gold in Athens took her career tally to 11 making her Britain's most successful Paralympian.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 26, 2004
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