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Goldie gets emotional over email support

Goldie's tweets Credit: Twitter

Team GB Olympian Goldie Sayers has tweeted her thanks about the dozens of emails of support she has received following her Olympic disappointment.

The Newmarket javelin athlete tweeted: "Can't stop crying at all the amazing msgs from complete strangers".

Goldie failed to qualify for the Olympic javelin final because of an elbow injury.

Crowds cheer returning Olympic hero

The double Olympic medal winner Max Whitlock was greeted by cheering crowds as he returned to his Essex raining base.

The Hemel Hempstead gymnast returned to the South Essex Gymnastics Club in Basildon to show off his two bronze medals.

Max, who won in both the team gymnastics event and in the individual pommel horse, said his achievements were still sinking in.

Olympic medallist to get civic gong

Whitlock: honoured by home town Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

Double Olympic medal winner Max Whitlock is to have his achievements celebrated by his home town.

The gymnast who won two bronze medals at London 2012 is to be presented with a gift at a special reception in Hemel Hempstead

The presentation will take place this weekend at the town's Civic Centre.

The 19-year-old, from Hemel Hempstead, Herts, took the first British men's gymnastics team medal since 1912 alongside Louis Smith, 23, Sam Oldham, 19, Daniel Purvis, 21, and Kristian Thomas, 23 when they claimed bronze on July 30.

Whitlock, who still lives in Hemel Hempstead, then went on to win Olympic bronze in the men's pommel horse, six days later.


Suffolk's Ed Sheeran performs at Olympic closing ceremony

Ed Sheeran performed at the Olympic closing ceremony

Suffolk's Ed Sheeran has performed alongside some of the biggest names in pop music at the closing ceremony of London 2012.

A world-wide audience was treated to a spectacular celebration of British music before the flame was extinguished to officially close the curtain on one of the most memorable sporting extravaganzas of recent times.

Many of the 10,000 sportsmen and women who competed in the Games are leaving the Olympic Village and heading to London's airports to return to their home nations.

The majority joined last night's final hurrah to celebrate their achievements, parading through the 80,000-seater stadium and taking with them their own memories of a Games which has been universally acclaimed.

Ed Sheeran joined some of the biggest names in British pop past and present, including the Spice Girls, Take That, Queen and Madness.

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