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Jessica Ennis and Sir Dave Brailsford were among a number of British Olympians honoured by the Queen

Ennis, Rutherford, Adams and Rowsell lead the Olympic honours list while cycling boss Brailsford becomes a knight at the Palace

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Honoured: Jessica Ennis (second from left) Greg Rutherford (centre) and Nicola Adams (second from right) pose with Beefeaters after being honoured by the Queen for their heroics during London 2012

Honoured: Jessica Ennis (above, right) receives her CBE medal from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace and poses before entering (below)

Honoured: Jessica Ennis (above, right) receives her CBE medal from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace and poses before entering (below)

Jessica Ennis

Pride: Ennis shows off her newly awarded CBE

Pride: Ennis shows off her newly awarded CBE

Today’s ceremony will see honours go to a collection of athletes who became household names with their achievements as part of Team GB.

Greg Rutherford, 26, who landed a gold in the long jump, spoke of his excitement at being awarded the MBE. He said: 'I am very excited and very nervous as well.

Knighted: British Cycling performance director and head of Team Sky Sir David Brailsford (right) receives his knighthood from the Queen

Knighted: British Cycling performance director and head of Team Sky Sir David Brailsford (above, right) receives his knighthood from the Queen and stands with his family before entering the Palace (below)

Sir David Brailsford

'It’s not every day you get to do something like this and meet the Queen. The heart’s racing a bit.

'You dream of doing well at an Olympics, especially a home Olympics, and then the things that come along after that are just absolutely out of this world.

'I don’t think truly you can imagine these sorts of things happening and being awarded by the Queen. It really is just extraordinary.'

Sportsmail's own: Joanna Rowsell speaks with the Queen after becoming a Member of the British Empire

Sportsmail's own: Joanna Rowsell speaks with the Queen after becoming a Member of the British Empire

MBE: Sportsmail columnist Joanna Rowsell (right) speaks with the Queen after becoming a Member of the British Empire

Greg Rutherford

Nicola Adams

Collecting more medals Long jumper Greg Rutherford (left) and boxer Nicola Adams each picked up an MBE

Boxing gold medal winner Nicola Adams, 30, is also being awarded an MBE.

The flyweight, who outclassed China’s Ren Cancan to win, said: 'I’m over the moon, really excited.'

Wearing Kurt Geiger shoes and a black Phillip Lim jacket, she added: 'It isn’t every day you get to come to the palace and receive the MBE.

Sealed with a handshake: Double Olympic champion Jason Kenny collects his OBE

Sealed with a handshake: Double Olympic champion Jason Kenny collects his OBE

'I am over the moon and can’t believe I’m receiving this today.'

Double 2012 cycling champion Jason Kenny, 24, is to collected his OBE with team-mate and team pursuit gold medallist Joanna Rowsell, 24.

Ecstatic: Sir David shows his emotions while chatting to the Queen

Ecstatic: Sir David shows his emotions while chatting to the Queen

British Cycling performance director and principal of Team Sky, David Brailsford, will receive his knighthood.

Sir David led Britain to eight cycling gold medals for a second successive Olympics and Team Sky to an historic one-two in the Tour de France.

23 years own: Former England and Glamorgan cricketer Robert Croft was awarded an MBE

23 years own: Former England and Glamorgan cricketer Robert Croft was awarded an MBE

He receives his knighthood for services to cycling and the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Cricketer Robert Croft, who retired during the summer, will pick up his MBE following a 23-year career with England and Glamorgan.

London 2012 Olympics: Spain 0 Japan 1

Spain 0 Japan 1: Otsu the Hampden hero as big guns crash in Group D opener

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World and European champions Spain fell to a surprise defeat in their opening match of the Olympic Games as Japan claimed a 1-0 win with a hugely impressive performance at Hampden Park.

Yuki Otsu's first-half goal was enough for three points but in truth the margin of victory could have been much greater as 10-man Spain struggled with the pace and pressure enforced by their opponents.

The 1992 Olympic champions were already 1-0 down when they had Inigo Martinez sent-off with five minutes remaining in the first half and failed to recover from their numerical disadvantage.

Breakthrough: Yuki Otsu (left) celebrates opening the scoring as Japan stunned Spain in the first half

Breakthrough: Yuki Otsu (left) celebrates opening the scoring as Japan stunned Spain in the first half

MATCH FACTS

Spain: De Gea, Dominguez, Javi Martinez, Martinez, Jordi Alba, Montoya, Koke (Tello 81), Isco (Romeu 63), Adrian (Ander Herrera 56), Rodrigo, Mata

Subs Not Used: Marino, Azpilicueta, Muniain, Botia

Sent Off: Martinez (41)

Booked: Jordi Alba, Dominguez.

Japan: Gonda, Tokunaga, Hiroki Sakai (Gotuko Sakai 74), Yoshida, Suzuki, Ogihara (Yamamura 86), Higashi, Yamaguchi,
Kiyotake, Otsu (Saito 46), Nagai

Subs Not Used: Ando, Muramatsu, Sugimoto, Usami. Booked: Saito

Goals: Otsu 34.

Att: 41,000 Ref: Mark Geiger (USA)

Keigo Higashi, Kensuke Nagai and Hiroshi Kiyotake all went close for Japan after the break but the one goal was enough to send the Asians top of Group D after Honduras and Morocco's 2-2 draw earlier in the day.

Spain started by trying to impose their usual possession-based dominance on the game but they were hustled from the very first whistle by an energetic Japanese outfit.

Chelsea's Juan Mata forced Shuichi Gonda into a fine save with Spain's only serious effort of the first half but it was Japan who were threatening more regularly and they were rewarded after 33 minutes when Otsu outmuscled Martin Montoya to prod home Takahiro Ohgihara's corner.

Kiyotake should then have doubled the lead as he pounced on a wayward backpass from Alvaro Dominguez but after rounding Manchester United keeper David De Gea he just could not turn his shot on target from a narrow angle.

It's there: Yuki Otsu (No 7) breaks the deadlock

It's there: Yuki Otsu (No 7) breaks the deadlock

Up against it: Spain were reduced to 10 men as Inigo Martinez (No 5) was shown the red card

Up against it: Spain were reduced to 10 men as Inigo Martinez (No 5) was shown the red card

Spain, with Chelsea's Juan Mata in their starting XI, were then plunged into even more trouble moments later when Martinez was sent-off for bringing down Nagai just outside the area.

And despite half-time appearing to come at the right time for Luis Milla's men they looked just as rattled after the break as the Japanese passed up a host of opportunities to extend their lead early in the second half.

Together: The Japanese players in a huddle at Hampden before kick-off

Together: The Japanese players in a huddle at Hampden before kick-off

De Gea was called into action to make a fine save from Higashi in the 49th minute but the stopper should have been left helpless when Nagai broke through on goal moments later, only for the striker to pull his shot inches wide of the target.

Kiyotake had an almost identical opportunity two minutes later at the end of an amazing solo run through the Spanish defence but again his shot slipped just wide.

High hopes: Spain were fancied to succeed at the London 2012 Olympics

High hopes: Spain were fancied to succeed at the London 2012 Olympics

Milla had introduced midfielders Ander Herrera and Oriol Romeu for more offensive options in Isco and Adrian Lopez to try and stem the tide and while the tactic worked in preventing the Japanese counter-attacking with ease, Spain still struggled to create their own clear-cut openings.

Jordi Alba's effort was easily smothered by Gonda with 12 minutes remaining but Spain were again thankful to De Gea as he made a stunning stop to once again deny Nagai before Hotaru Yamaguchi sliced wide with the goal at his mercy in stoppage time.

Too quick: Japan scorer Yuki Otsu, gets to the ball ahead of Martin Montoya

Too quick: Japan scorer Yuki Otsu, gets to the ball ahead of Martin Montoya