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Six more golds for super Steve

By Gareth Rowett 19th July 2017

Six more golds for super Steve
WORLD BEATER: Steve Jarvis at his home in St Austell

STEVE Jarvis has returned from the World Transplant Games with six more gold medals and a new world record.

The 41-year-old, who runs from Newquay and Par Athletic Club shone in Malaga, where he competed at the Games for the third time.

He has been competing in the games since his transplant in 2004.

This year’s games saw him won six gold medals in total as well as setting the new world record in the 100m of 11.49 seconds.

He also claimed the top prize in the 200m with 24.45, the high jump 1m63 and the 400m, 4x100m and 4x400m relays.

A delighted Mr Jarvis said: “The most successful was the 100m as I not only had a time capable of breaking the record but also good enough to put me in the top five rankings abled body in the UK.

“This will give me a good platform to go into the World Masters Athletics Championships also held in Malaga next year.

“I took up athletics because I couldn't do judo any more. I was British judo collegiate champion before I got ill.

“This was tough to take on board and the athletics was something I had to do to prove to myself that I was capable of doing something special in sports still.

“To run 11.49secs for 100m at 41 is really special, not many athletes in Cornwall run sub 12 seconds, so to run this time at my age blew me away, still hasn't sank in and I feel there's more to come.”

Steve’s six golds now mean that he has won 16 golds at the world transplant games and four world records.

He added: “There's a few people I would like to thank. Clive Pengelly for coaching me, Racheal Nation from Meadow Lakes and St Austell wheelers for helping me with sponsorship.

“These games are self funding and we are now part of the Olympic Umbrella becoming the third biggest games in the world after the Olympics and para-Olympics. Some of the athletes from other countries are funded to compete, and get prize money.”

The games which take place every two years are being held in Newcastle in 2019.

By Gareth Rowett 19th July 2017

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