Cornish rower Helen Glover is declared world champion
Penzance golden girl Helen Glover has spoken of her delight at becoming a world champion for the first time.
The 27-year-old powered across the finishing line in first place of the final of the women’s pair at the World Rowing Championships in South Korea.
She said it was an amazing experience - although nothing was quite like winning the Olympic gold medal at London 2012, becoming the first home athlete to do so.
“It was really satisfying,” she said shortly after clinching victory.
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“It was a good row and we had a nice lead.”
Asked which was better, the Olympic medal or the world title, she said it was hard to choose.
“I suppose they’re very different.
“The Olympics and the home Olympics... the Olympic gold is a dream for everyone.”
Speaking to Radio 4 from the championships at Chungju, three hours outside Seoul, she said there had been “so much pressure” on her since seizing that first iconic medal last year.
“The pride in my performance is really high.”
Miss Glover, who famously only took up rowing four years ago, competed last year with Yeovil based Heather Stanning.
However, with Miss Stanning serving in Afghanistan, the West Cornwall rower was competing alongside Polly Swann.
The British duo, who were victorious at the World Rowing Cup this year, won their semi-final easily with the United States and New Zealand behind.