A relaxed Gordon Brown talks to British fencers Katy Livingston, centre, and Heather Fell at the fencing event of modern pentathlon at the Beijing Olympics

Gongs for our golden stars: Hoy set to be knighted as Brown says the nation wants athletes honoured

Britain's medal-winning athletes should be rewarded with a raft of honours by the Queen as a token of the nation's admiration, Gordon Brown said yesterday, taking a risk with protocol.

Modern Pentathlon by Katherine Baxter (2nd Series July 27, 2010)

London 2012 stamps released by Royal Mail to mark two years to the Olympic and Paralympic games

Royal Mail launches illustrated stamps for London 2012 Olympics - News - Digital Arts

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1936 Berlin Olympic Games, Modern Pentathlon, and action from the athletics stadium

Mary Peters - won gold medal in the women's pentathlon at the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972

40 years on, Mary Peters says Munich is still weeping

Mary Peters - won gold medal in the women's pentathlon at the Olympic Games in Munich in then became team manager for the women's British Olympic team before being made Dame in 2000

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