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Tony McCoy knighted in New Year's honours list

Legendary jockey Tony McCoy is awarded a knighthood in the New Year's honours list.

Legendary jockey Tony McCoy has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year's honours list.

The 41-year-old retired from racing earlier this year following an illustrious career that saw him ride 4,357 winners.

McCoy, who was crowned champion jockey for 20 consecutive years, described the honour as "an unbelievable privilege".

"It is an unbelievable privilege and honour to receive a knighthood in the New Year honours list. I certainly wasn't expecting it," he is quoted as saying by talkSPORT.

"I consider myself lucky to have had a job I loved, every single day. The team around me made it possible for me to achieve my goals and the support from the public and racing community since my retirement has been overwhelming. A knighthood really tops off what's been a crazy and memorable year."

Ronnie O'Sullivan, Chris Froome, Steph Houghton, Fara Williams, Sue Barker, Tracey Neville, Mark Cueto, Carl Frampton, Denis Law and Francis Lee were among the other sporting figures to be honoured in the Queen's annual list.

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