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

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

The 17-year-old top scorer on hoop and clubs to a total of 112,300, narrowly ahead of silver medalist Anna Sokolova from Cyprus.

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

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

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

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

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“I hope kids watched and I hope I inspired them to become rhythmic gymnasts. I love performing and when people can enjoy my performance and my passion, that means everything.”

Ekimova has more chances to increase her medals on Saturday as she has qualified for all but one of the individual apparatus finals in hoop, ball and ribbon.

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