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Cornwall’s Olympic giants going for gold

Addicted to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics? With Wadebridge's Calum Jarvis winning gold, meet your local Team GB stars medal hunting in Japan.

With Wimbledon and Euros out of the way, our Olympic giants have 17 days to go for gold – and we’re obsessed. Piers Morgan claims no one cares about the Olympics. But we do. All those tales of sacrifice, the sobs on the podium, that wonderful feeling of being British and the ‘oh-my-god-we’re-actually-winning medals’ reactions. The tears of joy as Team GB’s superstars bite their gold medals – yes, you Adam Peaty and Tom Daley, but what we love more is the new talent coming through – meet Cornwall’s small but mighty contribution to Team GB.

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Image: Team GB Women’s Pair Polly Swann and Helen Glover/ Instagram

Helen Glover MBE, 35, Penzance

Rowing – Women’s Pairs

Helen might live in Berkshire but she grew up in Penzance and her parents still own and run the ice cream shop Jelberts in Newlyn.

It has been the mother of all comebacks. Double Olympic champion Helen Glover is the first Team GB rower to compete at an Olympics after having children. If that’s not enough of a wow statement. The fact, she only started training during lockdown a few weeks after giving birth to twins should see your jaw drop to the floor. But after a gruelling training schedule that had to fit in around her three babies, she made it to Tokyo. She’s was going for gold alongside Polly Swann in the Women’s Pairs in the early hours of 29 July – with the pair just missing out on the medals.

Next race: The final was Thurs 29 July.

Calum Jarvis, 29, Wadebridge

Jarvis, Guy and Richards © Getty Images via British Swimming

Swimming – 200m Freestyle

Calum might live in Bath now but he grew up in Cornwall and went to school in Rock and Wadebridge, training first at Wadebridge and then with the Bodmin Dragons. In the early hours of 28 July became an Olympic Champion alongside his team mates Matthew Richards, Tom Dean, James Guy and Duncan Scott who won the final of the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay.

Deborah Fleming, 30, Gulval, Penzance

Deborah Fleming/ Instagram

Rugby Sevens

Hailing from Penzance, Deborah played for the Bristol Bears before Saracens and has been a member of Team GB since 2017 – winning a bronze medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. She is currently England’s highest 2019/20 World Series points.

Next match: Thurs 29 July (against ROC then New Zealand) and Fri 30 July (against Kenya).

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