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Penarth's Alex Niscoveanu was among those in action. Picture: British Gymnastics 


Penarth’s Alex Niscoveanu followed up on his excellent British Championships display with more medal success at the Wohnen Junior Trophy in Cottbus, Germany last weekend.

U16 gymnast Alex, who trains at South Essex Gymnastics club, scooped the all-around title with a score of 78.950. He added two gold medals – on pommel and rings – as well as silver on floor.

In addition, Alex was part of the British team who struck gold with a combined score of 454.45, improving the team score from the same event in 2017 by an incredible 28 marks.

The team, made up of six of Britain’s brightest men’s artistic junior prospects, also included U14 gymnasts George Atkins and Evan McPhillips, fellow U16 gymnast Alex Joe Feery, and U18 gymnasts Danny Crouch and Luke Marsh.

There was also a whole host of other individual medals.

Earlier this month, Alex took silver in the all-around as well as on the floor and pommel horse in the U16 competition at the Men’s British Championships in Cardiff.

Meanwhile in other action, two of Wales’ rhythmic gymnastics Commonwealth hopefuls Elizabeth Popova and Emily Cullen were out in Palaio Faliro in Greece over the weekend competing in the 2021 Aphrodite Cup.

Elizabeth Popova and Emily Cullen.


Reigning Welsh junior rhythmic champion Elizabeth made the junior final in the hoop, clubs and ribbon events – finishing 4th in the ribbon with a score of 16.850. Emily, meanwhile, made the junior ball final and bagged herself a PB with a score of 16.500.

In the senior event, Welsh champion Gemma Frizelle got another competition under her belt as she prepares for bigger tests to come.

Check out all the results from Greece here.

Congratulations to all of the gymnasts, coaches and clubs involved.