Helen's Pointless win
CORNWALL'S Olympic and World champion rower Helen Glover and World Cup rugby winner Phil Vickery have faced off in the TV game show Pointless Celebrities.
Glover was paired with fellow Olympic rowing golden girl Sophie Hosking against other sporting celebrity teams on the show, hosted by comic Alexander Armstrong.
The duo reached the final, where a £2,500 prize was on offer for a charity of their choice – in their case Parkinson's UK – after beating former world boxing champion Joe Calzaghe and darts legend Phil Taylor at the penultimate stage.
Glover and Hosking came up trumps by naming Tyne and Wear as a county when every second letter had been taken out, and Albert Einstein as the inventor of the theory of relativity – their opponents had suggested Isaac Newton.
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In the final, answering questions on wrestlers, the women correctly identified Bret 'The Hitman' Hart as a past winner of the Royal Rumble.
However, to win the cash contestants must give a correct answer which has not been given by 100 other people and in this case, an agonising three others had named Bret Hart as a Royal Rumble winner.
Helen told the West Briton the show was great fun.
"I was quite nervous about going on the programme as my family will tell you that general knowledge is not my strong point," she said, "but the fact that it was for charity and that Pointless is my gran's favourite programme helped me make up my mind."
Vickery partnered cricketer Ravi Bopara against 1966 World Cup final hero Sir Geoff Hurst, and multi-gold medal winning Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey, among others.