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Claudia Fragapane: Bristol gymnast wins bronze at World Championships

Left to right: Jade Carey (USA), Mai Murakami (Japan) and Claudia Fragapane (Great Britain) Credit: PA

A Bristol gymnast won a bronze medal at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships held in Montreal, Canada, on Sunday, 8 October.

Claudia Fragapane won the award in the Women's Apparatus Medal Ceremony Floor Exercise category.

The 19-year-old became the first British woman to win an individual world medal since 2006.

She scored 13.933, behind entrants from Japan and the USA.

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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
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