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Eton College paints phone box gold to honour Olympic rower Constantine Louloudis

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A golden tribute to an Olympic rower is set to be completed next week. 

Eton College has started painting a phone box gold to honour ex-pupil Constantine Louloudis, who won gold at this year's Olympic games.

The 24-year-old rower from Paddington, London, was part of the winning men’s coxless four team.

The college bought the phone box from BT and hope to make it into a book share, where people can take and leave a selection of books.

The transformed phone box is on the corner of Keats Lane and Eton Wick Road, next to the college’s Bekynton building.

Constantine took up rowing at the school when he was 15-years-old, a decision which he said 'determined his path'.

He competed in the 2012 London Olympics just two years after leaving the college where he was part of the bronze medal winning men’s eight team.

After celebrating in Rio, the rower is now taking time out on holiday in the south of France.

Speaking to the Express, Constantine said the tribute is ‘a really nice gesture’.

He said: “I really enjoyed my time at Eton. It is a really great place, it lets you do what you want to do, whether that’s academic, sports or drama.

“Towards the end of my time at school I realised it was a possibility I could take up rowing full time.”

On the phone box becoming a book share, Constantine said: “It is a good way of repurposing something that is kind of defunct. It is a really nice idea.”

The boarding school was planning on painting the phone box ‘Eton blue’ but changed its mind last minute to honour its ex-pupil.

A spokesman for the college said: “We’re extremely proud of the whole team and delighted we could paint this telephone box gold in Constantine Louloudis’ honour.”

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