Commonwealth medallist Laura Halford crowned Senior Rhythmic British Champion for 5th time - British Gymnastics

Commonwealth medallist Laura Halford crowned Senior Rhythmic British Champion for 5th time

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The 2018 Aerobic and Rhythmic Gymnastics British Championships is now underway at the International Centre In Telford, with three days of action taking place from 22nd – 24th June.

On an exciting second day, multiple Commonwealth medallist for Wales, Laura Halford (Llanelli) was crowned the 2018 all-around senior rhythmic British champion. Laura produced some beautiful routines to clinch her 5th all-around title with a score of 57.700.

Laura said after: “It feels amazing. It was a bit of a struggle this weekend. After the Commonwealth I had a holiday, so it was a bit of a rush to get ready for this competition but I am happy that I managed to do it in the end. It’s been amazing actually (competing in Telford) having competed previously at the Echo Arena I didn’t know what to expect but they’ve done a really great job it’s a really nice atmosphere.”

Hot on Laura’s heels was rising star Hannah Martin from i-Star Academy who shows great promise with stunning spins and exquisite choreography. Hannah who also recently competed in the Commonwealth Games for England, secured the silver with a score of 56.650.

Taking the final spot on the podium was Laura’s Llanelli teammate, Gemma Frizelle also fresh back from the gold coast who grabbed the bronze with 50.750.

In the senior groups, it was Team Bath who took the all-around title with 21.800 after a stunning hoop routine. Taking the silver was Esprit rhythmic with 20.200 and i-Star Storm in bronze with 19.600. Team Bath also took the hoop title with i-Star Storm winning the ball and rope gold.

In the rhythmic junior all-around event, Alice Leaper from Ribby Hall was crowned overall champion after four impressive performances with 43.150 ahead of Leyla Yilmaz from Elite in silver with 38.300 and Skyla Sims from Cardiff Central in bronze with 34.300.

Titles also decided in the first two days of the rhythmic competition were the under 9, under 10, under 11 individual and all-around, the under 12 all-around and the Espoir and Junior groups all-around and individual.

There were multiple finals and qualifications in the aerobic competition with more finals and champions to be crowned tomorrow.

Check out our dedicated event page for full results.

Finals continue tomorrow with the afternoon sessions being LIVE streamed on the BBC online from 12.45pm.