Belfast Telegraph

Medallist trained on Christmas Day

Northern Ireland's bronze medal-winning rower, Alan Campbell, trained on Christmas Day to gain an advantage over his Olympic rivals, his mother has revealed.

Campbell was cheered on by a packed crowd, including around 50 family and friends who travelled from Coleraine to see his third-place finish in the single scull at Eton Dorney, Buckinghamshire.

His mother, Jennifer Campbell, said: "I was shouting from about 400 metres to go.

"This is what Alan had hoped for and he told us he could do this, so we had enough faith in him."

She said he spent the winter running on the beach at Portrush, and only took one day off a month.

"He's had to work really hard. He's been out there on Christmas morning when he reckons the others are not training.

"He said that would make the difference between being a medallist and not," she added.

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