BIRMINGHAM (Agencies): Marfa Ekimova made history for England by winning their first ever gold medal in the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around final at the Commonwealth Games, scoring 112.300 overall
. The 17-year-old led from the start, top-scoring in the hoop and clubs. An exciting final went to the wire with Cyprus’ Anna Sokolova chasing Ekimova’s score until the final discipline. “It’s amazing, incredible, it’s a dream come true. Anything a gymnast could ever wish for,” said Ekimova. The triumph comes after she won team bronze on Thursday with compatriots Saffron Severn and Alice Leaper.
“It was madness, a roaring crowd – I didn’t know what the scores were going to be, I just knew I did the best I could do. I wanted to make my country proud and my family at home,” Ekimova added. “I hope to inspire the kids in the crowd, I want them to be rhythmic gymnasts and this sport to carry on through the genera