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7 August 2012, 12:31
Praise has been rolling in for Milton Keynes long jumper Greg Rutherford, after he won Olympic gold in an amazing night for Britain.
The 25 year old, who lives in Woburn Sands, won his gold the same night Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah claimed gold in the heptathlon and 10,000m. Saturday 4 August 2012 will go down in history as a very special night in British sport.
The Mayor of Milton Keynes, Cllr Catriona Morris, said: “This was a fantastic achievement for Greg Rutherford and a very proud moment indeed for Milton Keynes.
“We are very keen to see that this superb Olympic performance is recognised and celebrated fully and we are working closely with various partner organisations across Milton Keynes to see how best we can honour Greg to mark this momentous achievement.
“I would also like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the thousands of local people who were behind Greg all the way, many of whom have since been in touch with us with ideas to mark him winning Gold."
The Mayor of Woburn Sands, Cllr David Hopkins, said: "I know from talking with residents and from the very many emails and calls I have received that I am passing on the views of every single Woburn Sands'ite when I say the tension, the excitement, the pride and the exhilaration of Greg’s success on Super Saturday gripped us all.
"The town’s message to Greg is simply that we all want to say congratulations, we're very proud of you, you've achieved so much, we recognise that you have worked hard all these years to be the best at what you do and we look forward to welcoming you home very soon.
"Woburn Sands has never been so proud."
To recognise Greg's success, a special commemorative stamp was issued by Royal Mail on Sunday 5 August 2012 (pictured). Two postboxes have also been painted gold outside Lloyds Court in Central Milton Keynes.
The technicians who did the painting said the postboxes are so close together, they couldn't paint one and not the other.