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‘It’s really hard to stay patient when you just want to race!’

After helping to qualify the women’s quad for Tokyo 2020, back in 2019, Jess Leyden is having to build up her training again as she recovers from COVID-19. A spare for April’s European Rowing Championships, she talks to Rebecca Charlton about her rowing journey

Jess Leyden, 26, is one of Britain’s most promising rowers. She won world championship gold at both junior and under-23 level on her way to becoming the first ever GB rower to win an international women’s single scull title.

In 2019 at the Worlds, she helped qualify the women’s quad for the Tokyo Olympics – particularly sweet after narrowly missing out on qualifying the same boat for the 2016 Games.

Throughout her rapid rise through the ranks and now on the road to Tokyo 2021, Jess has remained as modest and philosophical as ever, as she chats to Rebecca Charlton about her comeback from COVID-19.  

BRONZE MEDALLISTS AT THE 2017 EUROPEANS – JESS IS SECOND FROM THE RIGHT
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