Podcast #30: Olympic special

Episode #30 of the England Athletics podcast:

As athletes eagerly await the start of their Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan, it is a great time to remember the individual journeys that each competitor has been on in order to reach the most prestigious sporting stage of all.

63 of the Team GB squad are England athletes competing across track and field, with a range of youth and experience, as well as eligibility to build on Tokyo by representing Team England at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in a year’s time.

Ahead of the Olympic athletics getting underway, we sat down with four athletes in Japan, namely race walker Tom Bosworth (Tonbridge AC, Andi Drake), high jumper Emily Borthwick (Wigan and District, Fuzz Caan), hammer thrower Taylor Campbell (Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow, John Pearson), and pole vaulter Harry Coppell (Wigan and District, Scott Simpson).

Emily Borthwick

To actually be here, in Japan, ready for the Olympic Games, it is crazy!

Watch her interview below or click to view video on YouTube.

Tom Bosworth

I remember doing my first 10k in about the same time I do 20k in nowadays. I just did sport for fun and my first coach encouraged that enjoyment in it and I owe him a lot because I had a long time in sport where I never ever dreamt going to an Olympic Games was possible.

Watch his interview below or click to view video on YouTube.

Taylor Campbell

It means a lot, especially given the last 18 months. It’s even more special because a lot has gone on. It’s been crazy with the covid situation. To push through that during difficult times for everyone adds a lot more value to it.

Watch his interview below or click to view video on YouTube.

Harry Coppell

Every child comes into athletics, dreaming of coming to an Olympic Games. After the last couple of years of jumping well, I started to believe that it was possible.

Watch below or click to view video on YouTube.


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