Calum Jarvis: The fifth man of Crew GB’s 4x200m freestyle relay gold at Tokyo Olympics
|Dates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8|
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There might not have been a spot for him within the last, however “unsung hero” Calum Jarvis will return residence from Tokyo with a gold medal round his neck.
The 29-year-old watched on within the crowd as Tom Dean, Duncan Scott, James Man and Matthew Richards secured gold for Crew GB within the 4x200m freestyle relay.
However in Tuesday’s warmth, which was received by Crew GB forward of the ultimate, Jarvis swam the third leg as Scott was rested.
“It is simply an honour to be a part of it,” Jarvis informed BBC Sport Wales.
“It is taken loads of laborious work, it is the coaching and sacrifice and it has 100% been value it.
“It was a little bit powerful being informed I would not be within the last, however I knew regardless of the guys acquired I acquired as nicely.
“To be part of that and assist set them up, permitting them to relaxation Duncan Scott, who had a superb final leg, is a privilege.
“It was laborious, however I am so glad they pulled it out of the bag and smashed it.”
Having not raced within the last, Jarvis couldn’t be a part of his team-mates on the rostrum to gather his medal.
Nonetheless, the remainder of the crew wished to make sure Jarvis’ contributions didn’t go unnoticed, with Dean fast so as to add throughout their post-race interview that “they may not have finished it with out him”.
And behind the scenes after the official medal ceremony, the Crew GB swimmers and workers hosted certainly one of their very own for Jarvis.
“There have been loads of nations taking a look at us, nevertheless it was wonderful, very nice of the crew to try this and be recognised because the unsung hero,” stated Jarvis.
“I hope that carries on for the relays and we have a good time medals like that.
“It has been a loopy journey, a little bit of a rollercoaster, however having the help there was wonderful.”
And after a well-deserved break, Jarvis hopes to don the purple of Wales alongside Richards on the subsequent 12 months’s Commonwealth Video games.
“Being a little bit bit older than the opposite guys I am going to take a little bit of day trip,” stated Jarvis.
“It is going to be good to do nothing for some time and replicate on what we have finished.
“I positively wish to be in Birmingham [for the 2022 Commonwealth Games] to symbolize Wales and hopefully we may have one other good relay there.
“We have now 4 nice guys who actually may do one thing so we’ll see what occurs.”