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Holmes,  Pinsent to Receive Queen Elizabeth's New Year's Honors


British runner Kelly Holmes and four-time Olympic champion rower Matthew Pinsent are among those named in Queen Elizabeth's New Years' Honors list this year.

Holmes, a double gold medalist at the Athens Olympics, was appointed a Dame of the British Empire, which allows her to be called Dame Kelly. She is the first Briton in more than 80 years to win a double Olympic gold in athletics.

Pinsent won his fourth successive Olympic title in the men's coxless fours in Athens. He was awarded a knighthood and will now be called Sir Matthew.

The other members of Pinsent's boat were also honored, with James Cracknell awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) and Ed Coode and Steve Williams awarded Members of the British Empire honors (MBE).

Scotland's Colin Montgomerie, who helped lead Europe to the Ryder Cup golf championship in 2004, was honored with an OBE.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair's office said the list pays tribute to outstanding achievement and service across Britain. The annual honors are officially bestowed by Queen Elizabeth, but are largely selected by the government.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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