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West athlete announces her retirement at just 20

A North Somerset gymnast who helped Team GB women finish fifth in the all-round competition has announced her retirement.

Ruby Harrold showed poise and strength during her uneven bars routine, but has decided to finish her career as an elite gymnast in favour of university.

Ruby Harrold performs during women's gymnastic qualifications in Rio Credit: PA

The 20-year-old, who trains at Portishead, will head to Louisiana State University this September - a move she has put off for three years.

I'm looking forward to starting a new chapter in my life in college gymnastics, but leaving what I know behind will be hard.

Special thankyou to all the girls in the GB squad. You've helped make the tough times manageable and the great times unforgettable.

– Ruby Harrold


20-year-old Ruby is a seasoned performer.

At the 2016 British Championships she won beam and bars bronze before going to Bern for the European Championships and helping the team take silver.



West Country double in women's gymnastics

Gymnast Claudia Fragapane, who is from Portishead, won gold in the women's individual all-around event Credit: PA

There has been more West country success at the Commonwealth games. In gymnastics, Portishead's Claudia Fragapane won gold in the women's individual all-around event.

Ruby Harrold from Bristol claimed silver and Hannah Whelan bronze as England filled every step on the podium.

England gymnasts Ruby Harrold (silver), Claudia Fragapane (gold) and Hannah Whelan (bronze) claimed every step on the podium on Thursday night Credit: PA

Beth Tweddle launches gymnastics scheme

Beth Tweddle shows children in Newquay some gymnastics exercises. Credit: ITV Westcountry

Olympic medallist Beth Tweddle has launched a gymnastics programme for children in Cornwall today.

The World Champion has been meeting children at Newquay Sports Centre this morning, where she will show them her floor display and take part in a question and answer session.

Miss Tweddle will visit sports centres in Launceston and St Austell later.

Gym Stars will start taking members today. Credit: ITV Westcountry

Olympic medallist launches Cornwall gymnastics programme

Olympic medallist launches Cornwall gymnastics programme Credit: ITV News West Country

Olympic medallist Beth Tweddle MBE is in Cornwall today launching a children's gymnastics programme. The 3 times world champion gymnast has teamed up with Tempus Leisure to introduce Gym Stars. She will be launching the programme in Newquay, St Austell and Launceston later today.

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