Marlow so proud to collect world gold
Roger Marlow has struck gold for England.
Marlow, from Barrow-upon-Soar, was part of a four-man team that claimed the top prize at the Veterans' World Championships, in Portugal, for the first time.
They fished the two-day event on the River Mondego, near the northern-Portuguese town of Penacova, and finished with 21 points – catching between 1.5-2kg of borga, barbel and gudgeon – to beat Italy by a single point.
Marlow, who fishes for Leicester Sensas, said it was the proudest moment of his life.
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"When you have the national anthem played for you in front of everyone, it is incredible," he said. "I would be lying if I said there weren't a few tears.
"It was a fantastic achievement and we are hoping to repeat it again next year."
The England vets team has won a medal in four of the last five world championships.
Marlow said this success has been achieved despite lack of funding.
"Angling really should get Lottery funding – the athletes get it and we are no different to them," he said.
"Anglers are dedicated people. Our management team has worked hard to try and get us some backing but no-one is interested. We just want to get fishing the respect in sport that it deserves."