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Bridgwater’s Laura Gallagher among Somerset hopefuls at Tokyo Olympics

THERE are just seven days to go until Bridgwater trampoline star Laura Gallagher fulfills her dream by representing Great Britain in the Olympics in Tokyo.

Laura, 32, will be taking centre stage at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 30.

The preliminary round, featuring 16 competitors, starts at 6am UK time.

If Laura finishes in the top eight she will then go through to the finals being held immediately afterwards, around 6.50am.

As the action gets under way there are plenty of other Somerset competitors to cheer on.

Maddie Hinch

Hockey star Maddie Hinch, who went to King’s College, Taunton, will again be goal for the Great Britain hockey team as they try to repeat their gold medal heroics at Rio in 2016.

Maddie 32, saved all four penalties in the final shoot-out against The Netherlands and her outstanding performance was widely credited as the deciding factor in the game’s outcome.

Matches get underway straight away with a series of group games before the final on August 6.

Brodie Williams

The 22-year-old from Street, who attended Millfield School, will take part in the 400m individual medley and the 200m backstroke races at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

When: July 24 – 400m individual medley (Heats) – from 11.02am;  July 25 – 400m individual medley final – 2.30am; July 28 – 200m backstroke (heats) – from 11.25am; July 29 – 200m backstroke (semi finals) – from 3.04am; July 30 – 200m backstroke final – 2.50am.

Millfield former pupils

Millfield is renowned for producing sporting stars and along with Brodie Williams they will be represented by Helen Glover in the women’s pairs rowing, Ollie Lindsay-Hague in the rugby sevens and Jazmin Sawyers in the long jump.





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