Gymnastics - Halford seizes chance to take national title

Laura Halford took advantage of the absence of the six-time champion to claim the national rhythmic gymnastics title.

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Laura Halford (Imago)

Halford, in her first year as a senior, dominated the event to take the title ahead of Stephani Sherlock and Jael Gore, though London 2012 Olympian Frankie Jones was a high-profile absentee.

“Going into these Championships I felt a bit of pressure, these are all new routines this year with the new code of points and as I knew that Frankie Jones wouldn’t be competing that added a bit more expectation on me," said Halford.

"I’m really really proud to have won it’s something I’ve always dreamt about. This result is important looking ahead to next year’s Commonwealth Games which are a big target for me.

"Over the summer I'm going to be working really really hard and this has boosted my confidence with some high scores so hopefully I can keep pushing on into 2014."

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