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Welsh rhythmic gymnast Laura Halford will be taking home a silver medal after a stunning hoop performance at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. 

This is the second Commonwealth Games for British All-Around rhythmic champion Laura, who trains at Llanelli Gymnastics Club with coach Nia Evans. The silver medal adds to her Commonwealth medal haul from 2014.

It's been a successful competition for Laura, who qualified for apparatus finals in the Hoop, Ball and Ribbon and achieved an impressive 5th place finish in the All-Around Final, with fellow Welsh gymnast Gemma Frizelle placing 12th. 

Laura produced brilliant displays in each event, and narrowly missed a second medal after placing in 4th in the Ball competition.  

The rhythmic team of Laura, Gemma and Abigail Hanford showed strong performances all around and achieved 5th place in the team final.  Gemma also displayed a beautiful hoop routine that secured her an 8th place finish in the apparatus final. 

After being awarded her silver medal, Laura said: “I’m just so so happy. I was a tiny bit disappointed with the all-around result but now I’m just so happy it makes it all worth it. I’ve really enjoyed performing and the whole experience. I wanted to come and have fun and I did that.

"There was a lot of pressure after Glasgow but now this medal has made it all worth it, overall I’m so happy with my performances”

With the gymnastics competition coming to a close at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, the Welsh Gymnastics team are coming home with two silver medals for Laura and Latalia Bevan [link opens in new window], and both the rhythmic and artistic squads have performed some absolutely stunning routines. 

Congratulations Laura, a beautiful performance and what a brilliant way to finish off the 2018 Games!