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Karla can rightly bask in the glory of beau's Olympic gold

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Published 16/08/2016

The price of an Olympic gold medal can be high - not only for the athlete involved but also for their nearest and dearest.

The Bushmills girlfriend of one of GB's victorious rowing eight tells us today how the pursuit of glory in Rio meant long weeks apart for Karla Borland and rower Tom Ransley. Such is the intensity of the training, that even in downtime Tom is often so exhausted that he cannot join Karla to walk the dog.

Add in countless missed social engagements like weddings and birthdays and it is easy to see how the life of an elite athlete is so focused that practically everything else takes second place. But those sacrifices are now forgotten.

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