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Hollie Arnold believes Tokyo will be "more daunting" than I'm a Celebrity

Hollie Arnold believes Tokyo will be
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The 26-year-old's trip to Japan follows being a contestant on I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

Paralympic champion Hollie Arnold says the prospect of defending her javelin title in Tokyo is more daunting than being showered with fetid fish guts on national television.

The 26-year-old was on Wednesday named in Great Britain's squad for the rescheduled Games, five years on from claiming gold in the F46 category at Rio 2016 with a mammoth then-world-record throw of 43.01 metres.

Her forthcoming trip to Japan follows being a contestant on ITV's hit survival show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

Paralympian Hollie Arnold was the first contestant to be voted off last year's I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
Paralympian Hollie Arnold was the first contestant to be voted off last year's I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (ITV/PA)

She was the first contestant to leave the camp – which was switched from Australia to north Wales due to coronavirus restrictions – in late November but not before enduring a "quite horrifying" ordeal.

"The Paralympics is my life, it is my job and I want to be able to make myself proud. I want to go out there and do what I love doing, so winning a gold medal in Tokyo is more daunting than going to I'm a Celebrity," she told the PA news agency.

"I learnt a lot from the experience, I never realised I would get an opportunity like that.

"Obviously leaving first was really tough; I didn't want to leave at all.

"But being in with all the girls, all tied up and having fish guts thrown at us and God knows what – the smell was disgusting, none of us could get it out of our hair for weeks – was awful.

"That really was the worst, it was quite horrifying, to be honest."

Arnold, who was born without a right forearm, is preparing for her fourth consecutive Games.

She travelled to Beijing in 2008 aged just 14, before representing Britain on home soil at London 2012, prior to her gold medal performance in Brazil.

The Lincolnshire-born athlete has since become Commonwealth and European champion, while she added a fourth successive world crown to her enviable list of accolades in 2019.

Arnold, who represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games, believes her stint on reality TV has given her increased self-belief.

Hollie Arnold won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Australia in 2018
Arnold won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Australia in 2018 (Martin Rickett/PA)

"For me, it was realising that I had a lot more strength, a lot more resilience, a lot more respect for myself and managing certain things in pressure situations," she said of the experience.

"I didn't realise that I'm good at things like that; I'm quite harsh on myself so seeing that I'm able to do things in a different pressurised situation was really nice.

"I enjoyed coming out of there a bit fresh and a bit new and a bit more confident."

Speaking of being Paralympic defending champion, she added: "Of course there is a target on my back. There is a lot of pressure and I put a lot of pressure on myself – I don't train day in, day out to come second."

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Olympic medal table header
CountryGold medalSilver MedalBronze MedalT
ChinaChina22131247
United StatesUnited States19201352
JapanJapan175830
AustraliaAustralia1331430
Olympics flagOlympic Athletes from Russia11151238
Great BritainGreat Britain9101231
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Sunday's key events


GOLF
· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

CYCLING - BMX
· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

SWIMMING
· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

TENNIS
· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

SAILING
· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

> Today's schedule in full
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