Birmingham teenager Josh Papworth scooped cycling gold at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Finland – but now he’s eyeing the biggest prize of all.
The 16-year-old was the fastest on two wheels in Tampere, topping the podium in the criterium race on Wednesday ahead of GB team-mate Jon Dibben.
But now the Romsley racer – who also finished 12th in the time trial and seventh in the road race – is adamant he can follow in the footsteps of Tour de France stars Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins.
“I’ve been following the tour while I’ve been in Finland and what they have achieved is very inspiring,” said Papworth. “But that’s for the future – I’ve got a long way to go yet and I’ve only just started. This has been fantastic and the gold medal is out of this world.”
Worcester tennis star Jazzamay Drew underlined her growing potential in the sport by reaching the third round of the girl’s singles in Finland.
But the 15-year-old former Alice Ottley school pupil found Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig too hot to handle in the final 16, slipping to a 6-3, 6-2 defeat.
Kenilworth gymnast Danusia Francis narrowly missed out on a medal in the team event, helping Great Britain to fifth place, while judo rookies Josh Hill and Kyle Sweet both suffered early exits.
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