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Road to glory

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Road to glory
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23/11/2012

Recognise the four London 2012 athletes to your left? Possibly not, unless you spent the summer locked into every second of Olympic coverage. They are four stars of Caroline Rowland’s official London 2012 film, First.

Showing not a minute of Mo Farah, only briefly touching on Jess Ennis and missing out Sir Chris of Hoy completely might sound preposterous, but First was never intended as a ball rub for the Games’ biggest winners.

Instead, Rowland picked 12 first-time Olympians from a range of disciplines and nations and followed them to 2012, with no idea whether they’d leave London cloaked in glory or drowning in a sea of broken dreams. What she got was a rich mix of experiences – brought to life by the athletes as well as those closest to them.

So, yes, Chad Le Clos’ (picture 4) legendary dad Bert does feature for one more tearful celebration of his “beautiful boy”.

Take tissues.

In cinemas November 23, on DVD & Blu-Ray November 26

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