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Former Deepings School pupil Jake Jarman wins two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games

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Former Deepings School pupil Jake Jarman has struck gold twice at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Gymnast Jarman won gold in both the team competition and the individual all-around after finishing ahead of England team-mate James Hall who was in second place.

The 20-year-old - who trained at the same Huntingdon club as London 2012 silver medallist Louis Smith - was delighted with his achievements after returning a score of 83.450 in the individual event.

Jake Jarman. Photo: Garry Bowden
Jake Jarman. Photo: Garry Bowden

Jarman said: "I was over the moon.

"It means the absolute world to me to have this preparation over the last few months really pay off.

"Especially at the back end of last year, having to push through injuries, it was an uncertain time, not knowing if I would be ready to compete at these competitions.

"But, being here and being a part of this team, the amazing team that Team England have, it's something I will always remember."

Jarman had made changes to his normal routine which paid dividends with his gold medal success.

He explained: "I normally do a different vault, it’s called a Dragulescu which is a double front somersault with a half-turn.

"It's a slightly lower start value vault but recently it's been a bit more inconsistent compared to my second vault.

"I decided to swap it out, it’s a higher start value vault and it paid off. But I was a little nervous going into it because Friday night in the team final was the first time I have landed it in a competition.

"It's not technically as consistent competition-wise but I felt like I could do it and I felt like the audience and support behind me could help push for that vault."

Jarman was part of the England team that tasted success in the men's artistic team final at Arena Birmingham after making the step up from being as a reserve for the Olympics last summer.

Although he did not get to represent his country out in Tokyo, Jarman took two titles in the 2022 British Championships in March, winning gold medals on both the floor and vault events.

He added: "The team have done amazing.

"They have been through a lot and it was so inspiring to see.

"I also want to make a special thanks to Ben Howells, my coach as well, he was out in the crowd and I haven't seen him in a while.

"He's my coach back in Huntingdon and was very involved in the prep and the build-up to this competition. I just want to make sure I show my appreciation."

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