Friends and fans in Dai Greene's hometown of Felinfoel, who had gathered to watch him in action tonight, said he'd always be number one in their eyes despite missing out on a medal.
Among them were his great-uncle and great-aunt, Alan and Gwyneth Greene, who said he'd 'bounce back' from his defeat.
Royal Mail says the seven post boxes in Wales painted gold to mark Olympic and Paralympic triumphs will remain so permanently.
Hundreds of people turned out, as Paralympic cycling champion Mark Colbourne was given the freedom of his home town.
Paralympic hero Mark Colbourne will be welcomed back to his home town today.