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Sarah Storey becomes first athlete to get four stamps

Sarah Storey stamps
Image caption Sarah Storey has been honoured with four stamps, one for each gold medal

Paralympic cyclist Sarah Storey has become the first athlete to be honoured with four stamps after winning her fourth gold at London 2012.

Storey became the most-decorated female British Paralympian of all time when she took gold in the C4-5 Road Race.

No other British athlete has achieved four gold medals at London's Olympic and Paralympic games.

The postboxes and stamps have been used by Royal Mail to honour gold medal winners at both games.

A fourth postbox will also be painted gold in her honour, though a Royal Mail spokesman said the location for it had yet to be decided.

Image caption Sarah Storey's husband Barney has also been honoured with a stamp

Three postboxes have already been repainted to celebrate the cyclist's achievements, the location of each being chosen by Storey.

Two are in Cheshire, near her home in Disley and her former school in Poynton, while the third is in Eccles, Salford.

A second postbox in Disley has also been painted gold in honour of Barney Storey, Sarah's husband, who won gold riding as the tandem pilot with cyclist Neil Fachie.

Sarah Storey has won 11 Paralympic gold medals, eight silvers and three bronzes in cycling and swimming in her career.

Her achievement equals the number of Paralympics golds won by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, who also won four silvers and one bronze.

Storey's four-gold haul could be equalled by wheelchair athlete David Weir if he is victorious in the marathon on Sunday.

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