Olympic long jump legend Lynn Davies showed off a medal of a different kind when he picked up his CBE at Buckingham Palace.
Mr Davies held the UK long jump record of 8.23 metres for 34 years
Mr Davies, 64, received his honour from the Queen for his services to sport, especially athletics.
The Nantymoel-born athlete, who won gold in Tokyo 42 years ago, called it a "great honour and a great thrill".
Mr Davies said: "She said: 'It's been a very long time'. I said 'Yes, Ma'am, it was 1964'".
He is the president of UK Athletics and was ambassador for the successful London 2012 bid.
"We talked about that. We're focusing on producing top, great athletes for the Olympics," he added.
Mr Davies said his CBE recognised "the sport and thousands of people who volunteer."
"I've been involved in sport right through my life. I didn't think I would receive any award. It was a very big surprise."
Mr Davies first met the Queen in 1964 after winning the gold medal and again in 1967 when he collected his MBE.
Nicknamed Lynn the Leap, he also acted as team manager for the British athletics squad at the 1980 and 1984 Olympics.
Mr Davies was accompanied by his daughter, Kathryn, 30, and wife Meriel
He was accompanied by his daughter, Kathryn, 30, and wife, Meriel.
Mr Davies set the UK record of 8.23 metres in Berne in 1968, and it remained intact for 34 years.
The university lecturer is an honorary vice president of the British Olympic Association and a member of the Sports Council for Wales.
Other people from Wales honoured during the investiture ceremony were:
John Cave, for services to the Holyhead Maritime Museum in Anglesey - MBE
Michael Croxford, from Newport, for services to the environment in Wales - MBE
Robert Derricott, from Monmouth, for services to the administration of justice - OBE
Margaret Hands, from Talybont, for services to social care in Ceredigion - MBE
Gareth Matthewson, headteacher of Whitchurch High School, Cardiff, for services to education - OBE
Edward Prosser, from Cardiff, for his work in the business community in Wales - MBE
Professor Simon Smail, from Cardiff University for his services to medicine - CBE