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City award for top athletes
Colin Jackson
No city limits for champion hurdler Colin Jackson

Two of Wales' greatest athletes are to be granted the freedom of the city of Cardiff.

Welsh paralympic champion Tanni Grey-Thompson and sprint hurdler Colin Jackson have won their latest accolade for promoting the city where they were born.

Others to have the honour include Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, Pope John Paul II and David Lloyd George.

But the pair are the first to win the award for their sporting achievements.

Leader of Cardiff, Councillor Russell Goodway, said: "These two world-class athletes have brought great honour to Cardiff and have done as much as anyone in recent years to put the city on the world map.

'Fitting tribute'

"Not only are they great sportspeople but they are also good sports and have always conducted themselves with great dignity and charm, acting as superb ambassadors for the city of Cardiff, particularly in the context of the city's bid for Capital of Culture 2008.

"It is only fitting therefore that they should take their place among the ranks of those esteemed individuals to whom the Freedom of the City has already been granted."

Tanni Grey-Thompson
Cardiff born Tanni Grey-Thompson lands city honour

Eight-times paralympic gold-medallist Tanni, who was born in Cardiff in 1969, was awarded an OBE in the 2000 and holds seven world records.

Welsh Woman of the Year in 2001, she is active member of the Sports Council for Wales and is also involved in a range of organisations.

The mother of one also works for UK Athletics as a development officer, helping to encourage basic sporting skills in young people.

Colin Jackson, 36, was born in Cardiff in 1967.

During his 17-year career, he won World, European and Commonwealth gold and collected 23 major championship medals.

The highlight of his career was the 1993 World Championships, where he clocked 12.91 seconds to set a new world record for the 110m hurdles - a record that still stands.

He was awarded an MBE in 1990 and an OBE in 2000 and retired from athletics this year.

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