Jarman, 20, became the first Englishman to win four golds in the same Games since shooter Mick Gault 24 years ago in Kuala Lumpur
” src=”https://www.nationalworld.com/webimg/b25lY21zOmQ5NzVjMGUwLTJmOTYtNGUxZC1hYzFjLWQ1YjBmNDAzOWI4NDo1NTM5ZmJhYy0xMmQzLTQwNzMtOGY5MS0wMWYzMGNkNWE0NmU=.jpg?width=640&quality=65&smart&enable=upscale” srcset=”https://www.nationalworld.com/webimg/b25lY21zOmQ5NzVjMGUwLTJmOTYtNGUxZC1hYzFjLWQ1YjBmNDAzOWI4NDo1NTM5ZmJhYy0xMmQzLTQwNzMtOGY5MS0wMWYzMGNkNWE0NmU=.jpg?quality =65&smart&width=320 320w, https://www.nationalworld.com/webimg/b25lY21zOmQ5NzVjMGUwLTJmOTYtNGUxZC1hYzFjLWQ1YjBmNDAzOWI4NDo1NTM5ZmJhYy0xMmQzLTQwNzMtOGY5MS0wMWYzMGNkNWE0NmU=.jpg?quality=65&smart&width=640 640w, https://www.nationalworld.com/webimg/b25lY21zOmQ5NzVjMGUwLTJmOTYtNGUxZC1hYzFjLWQ1YjBmNDAzOWI4NDo1NTM5ZmJhYy0xMmQzLTQwNzMtOGY5MS0wMWYzMGNkNWE0NmU=.jpg?quality=65&smart&width =990 990w” data-hero=”” fetchpriority=”high”/> Jake Jarman with his fourth gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Jake Jarman with his fourth gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Jake Jarman has certainly come a long way since he was spotted as a talent at a park in Peterborough swinging from the jungle gym.
Jarman was just seven years old when his gymnastic skills caught the attention of a passing coach, the kind of scouting feat a Premier League football club would crave.
The 20-year-old added the Commonwealth Games vault gold medal to his podium finishes in the team event, all-around and floor final.
He is the first Englishman to win four gold medals in the same Games since shooter Mick Gault 24 years ago in Kuala Lumpur.
“When I was younger, I was a very hyperactive kid,” Jarman recalls.
“When I was seven years old I was at the park in Peterborough and my mother told me that there was also a gymnastics coach there.
“I was swinging off the monkey bars and he said to my mom, ‘You should take your kid to one of the local clubs.'”
Jarman, a reserve player at last year’s Tokyo Olympics, was the least experienced member of the England men’s team here in Birmingham.
But his performances have made him a favorite to watch two years ahead of the Paris Olympics, although first up is the European Championships in Munich this month, followed by the World Championships in Liverpool at the end of October.
Jarman could be forgiven for thinking international gymnastics was straightforward—four finals in five days and four gold medals.
However, he insists his feet will remain on the ground despite his now-characteristic flight of fancy, despite the inevitable hype ahead of Paris in two years.
“My goals are the same,” he added. “As long as I’m concentrating on my training and just enjoying every moment, I can’t put any extra pressure on myself.
“I’m happy with the way things are going and if I make it into this team in the end I’ll be happy to say I’ve achieved what I set out to do.
“Any competition you go to, you can be under just as much pressure in a smaller competition as you are in a competition this big. To be able to come here, to enjoy everything and to achieve a great result, that is a great honor for me.”
Jarman’s career was guided by his grandma, Sheila, who took him to Huntingdon Gymnastics Club while his parents were at work. And she will be among the first he sees when he returns home later this week.
“I was on the phone with her the other day, she was over the moon with how I was doing,” he added.
“I’ve never heard her so excited on the phone, I struggled to understand some of what she said. She said just to do what I normally do and have fun my nan has always been a big part of my gymnastics. She’s always been a huge supporter so I can’t thank her enough.
“I don’t know when I’ll be done with the medals yet. I’ll find a place in my house to keep them, maybe a nice display case if there’s space.”
At this rate it can’t be.
National Lottery players raise more than £30m a week for good causes, including vital funds for the sport – from grassroots to elite. Find out how amazing your numbers are at:www.lotterygoodcauses.org.ukand get involved with the hashtag: #TNLAthletes.