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  Monday, 31 December, 2001, 00:16 GMT
Spinks finally gets his due
Terry Spinks was one of only four British boxers to strike gold last century
Spinks ended Britain's 32-year Olympic boxing drought
Olympic boxing champion Terry Spinks has been awarded an MBE for services to his sport and charity.

Spinks struck gold at the 1956 Games in Melbourne, ending British boxing's 32-year title drought.

And the 63-year-old, now living in Essex, is a tireless fundraiser for junior boxing clubs and ex-boxers' associations.

  Terry Spinks factfile
1938 Born, Canning Town, east London
1956 ABA flyweight champion
1956 Wins Olympic flyweight gold in Melbourne
1957 Turns pro
1960 Wins British featherweight title, beating Bobby Neill in the seventh round at the Royal Albert Hall
1961 Loses his title to Howard Winstone in the 10th at Wembley
1962 Retires (41-1-8)
1972 Coaches South Korean boxing team at Munich Games
2001 Awarded MBE
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