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The fourth and final day of the 2022 Artistic British Championships at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool yielded six medals on the apparatus for Welsh gymnasts.

Ruby Evans (Clwb Cymru Caerdydd) bagged two of those, grabbing gold in the junior women’s uneven bars final as well as a silver medal on vault. There was also a stunning gold on beam in the junior women’s beam balance beam final for Evie Flage-Donovan (also Clwb Cymru Caerdydd).

Meanwhile there were three medals won by our senior Commonwealth Games Long Listers; Sofia Micallef (Clwb Cymru) bagged herself a bronze on vault while there was also a brilliant bronze on the floor won by her Clwb Cymru teammate Poppy Stickler.

Meanwhile in the men’s senior event, Brinn Bevan (South Essex) took the bronze medal in the parallel bars final.

That took the Welsh medal tally in total to 20 for the championships, which were back in Liverpool again for the first time since 2019. It also followed on from the women’s espoir, men’s U16 and Men’s Disability Masters success on day one, which produced 13 medals.

Ruby Evans then retained her women’s junior title on day two.  

Sofia scored 12.975 for her bronze on vault, with Aylesbury’s Jessica Gadirova (13.900) taking the gold with Emily Roper from Pipers Vale (12.975) in second.

Poppy’s total of 13.400 on the floor also saw her edge out Tokyo Olympic team bronze medallist Alice Kinsella (13.200) to bag her a place on the podium alongside both Gadirova twins, with Jessica (14.600) beating sister Jennifer (13.950) to gold.

Mia Evans (Park Wrekin) finished eighth in the floor final (12.750), while Clwb Cymru Caerdydd duo Jea Maracha (12.600) and Mali Morgan (12.550) were fifth and sixth respectively in the beam final, with Jennifer (13.750) this time edging out Jessica (13.550) for gold.

Mia’s Park Wrekin teammate Alice Kinsella won gold on uneven bars.

For the Welsh women’s quintet of Mali, Jea, Mia, Sofia and Poppy, and following on from day three, it marked a brilliant first British Championships as senior gymnasts, with the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham just four months away.

The quintet of Mali Morgan, Jea Maracha, Mia Evans, Sofia Micallef and Poppy Stickler. Picture: DE Photos.

 

In the men’s, Rio Olympian Brinn Bevan went into today’s senior parallel bars final as the defending champion, but he was beaten to gold this time by Tokyo Olympians Giarnni Regini-Moran, from Pegasus, (14.600) and newly-crowned senior men’s all-around champion Joe Fraser (City of Birmingham), himself a former world champion on this piece (14.466).

Brinn’s score of 14.100 also earned him a place on the podium.

There were three other men’s senior finals involving our Welsh Commonwealth contenders; Emil Barber (13.666) finished fifth on the floor – where Huntingdon’s Jake Jarman (14.400) prevailed.

Meanwhile Joe Cemlyn-Jones (12.666) was fifth on high bar and seventh on the rings (11.500).

Joe Cemlyn-Jones featured in two apparatus finals after finishing 9th in the all-around. Picture: DE Photos.

 

Joe Fraser won on high bar (14.400) as well as on the pommel horse (14.000). Courtney Tulloch (South Essex) was victorious on the rings (14.566) with Jake adding his second gold of the day, this time on vault (14.649 average).

In the junior women’s event, Ruby Evans contested all four finals. She scored 12.00 to win gold on uneven bars and 12.850 to take silver on vault.

Having placed seventh in the uneven bars final, Clwb Cymru’s Evie Flage-Donovan’s score of 12.400 was enough to win her gold in the beam final, with Ruby in sixth (11.800), while Meliyah Baker (also Clwb Cymru) and Ruby were fifth (12.450) and sixth (12.100) respectively in the floor final.

The Clwb Cymru Caerdydd trio of Evie Flage-Donovan, Meliyah Baker and Ruby Evans.

 

And in the men’s U18 apparatus finals, Henry Lewis from YMCA Barry placed sixth on vault while Fusion’s Iwan Scrivens was sixth on pommel.

Congratulations to all of the gymnasts, coaches, clubs and support staff on a fantastic four days.

To catch up on an four action-packed days in Liverpool, visit British Gymnastics’ dedicated Event Hub. For all the results and to watch back all of the routines, download the BG Score App.