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Gymnastics: Special Olympic golds for Island duo

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JERSEY'S artistic gymnasts finished with a flourish at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles over the weekend, as the duo clinched seven gold medals between them on the final two days of competition.

Representing Great Britain at the event, Eloise Clyde-Smith secured first place on the bars and a second-place finish on the beam on Friday, on her way to a fourth place finish overall, before James Lang won an astonishing six golds on the final day of competition on Saturday.

James Lang: All-round, floor, pommel, rings, vault, high bar.

Eloise Clyde-Smith: Bars.

As well as her medal placings on the bars and beam, Eloise finished sixth on the floor and seventh on vault.

The GB coaches said of Eloise: 'She started off the whole World Games process as a very shy and quiet girl and is now one of the more outgoing and confident members of the team.

'Always posing for photos and dancing whenever she can, she has made the Games more interesting and entertaining for the coaches. But among all the fun and games, she performed excellently and did her nation proud.'

Saturday was the pinnacle of the World Games for the artistic gymnastics team, and the last day of competition for the whole Games. The first competition was for Levels 2, 3 and 4, which meant Jersey's James Lang took to the floor.

James produced a series of staggering results to secure gold medals on floor, pommel, rings, vault, high bar, and a silver on the parallel bars. That excellent set of results was also enough to secure James the all-round gold medal.

The GB coaches added: 'James has been one of the more excited members of the team, enjoying every single moment of the Games and what they have to offer. His excitement turned to concentration in competition, though, where he performed all of his routines to an extremely high standard.'

The Jersey duo, along with coach Yana Vibert, are now returning home, after attending the World Games closing ceremony yesterday.

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