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Marfa Ekimova wins all-around gold in rhythmic gymnastics first for England

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Marfa Ekimova won England’s first gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in rhythmic gymnastics when she took the all-around title at Arena Birmingham.

The 17-year-old had the highest score on hoops and clubs with 112,300, just ahead of Cyprus silver medalist Anna Sokolova.

It was Ekimova’s second medal at the Birmingham Games after she teamed with Saffron Severn and Alice Leaper to win a team bronze medal on the opening day of the competition on Thursday.

That bronze was England’s first medal in rhythmic gymnastics since they also won team bronze at the 2010 Delhi Games.

Ekimova said: “It’s incredible and a dream come true. It was a roaring crowd and everything a gymnast could wish for.

Marfa Ekimova won rhythmic gymnastics gold for England (Peter Byrne/PA)

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“I hope the kids were watching and I hope I’ve inspired them to become rhythmic gymnasts. I love performing and it means everything to the people who enjoy my performance and my passion.”

Ekimova has another chance to add to her medal tally on Saturday after qualifying for all but one of the individual apparatus finals in hoop, ball and ribbon.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/commonwealth-games/rhythmic-gymnastics-marfa-ekimova-gold-b2139211.html Marfa Ekimova wins all-around gold in rhythmic gymnastics first for England

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