Wolverhampton Gymnast sets British Olympic record

Kristian Thomas setting a new British Olympic record
Kristian Thomas setting a new British Olympic record Photo: PA Pictures

Wolverhampton-born gymnast, Kristian Thomas, has set a new British record in the all-around event last night.

The 23-year-old finished in seventh place, the highest position for a UK athlete competing in an individual all-rounder Olympic event.

Kristian Thomas performing part of his routine
Kristian Thomas performing part of his routine Credit: PA Pictures

Kristian has taken the title from Neil Thomas who finished in 20th-place at the Barcelona Games in 1992 and Daniel Keatings four years ago in Beijing.

The record for the individual event follows a bronze medal won at Monday's team final event that Kristian is part of.

Kristian Thomas wins bronze with his gymnastic team on Monday
Kristian Thomas wins bronze with his gymnastic team on Monday Credit: PA Pictures

"It's been a great experience. Doing such a big, high-tariff vault sometimes it will go one way, sometimes it will go the other way, which it did today. It's one of those things.

– Kristian Thomas, Team GB Gymnast
Kristian Thomas, mid-air, at last night's event
Kristian Thomas, mid-air, at last night's event Credit: PA Pictures

The media attention that Kristian has received as a result of his record has come as a welcome surprise to the unassuming Olympian. He's confident that he can continue his success.

"I wasn't coming here expecting to win an all-around medal so I've got to take the positives from everything else I did today."

– Kristian Thomas, Team GB Gymnast