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Golden mailbox for Olympic champ Ennis defaced

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Aug. 8, 2012, 1:45 p.m. | Sports — by Associated Press

British track and field athlete Jessica Ennis wears her heptathlon gold medal while greeting fans at the BT London Live concert at Hyde Park in central London during the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug 5, 2012.
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LONDON — Civic officials say vandals have defaced a mailbox that was painted gold to celebrate Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis.

The Royal Mail has vowed to turn one of the distinctive red postboxes gold in the home town of every British gold medal winner.

In some places the painting has become a mini-event in itself, and crowds turned up to watch a mailbox being transformed for Ennis on Sunday, the day after she won gold, in her home town of Sheffield, northern England.

City officials said Wednesday that the mailbox had later been defaced with graffiti. Postal officials quickly dispatched a worker to repaint it.

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