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HISTORIC GOLD: Kings Langley gymnast celebrates win at European Championships

 Published on: 1st May 2023   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Kings Langley teen has helped Team GB win a historic gold medal at the European Championships.

Ondine Achampong, 19, was part of the team who won gold at the 2023 Artistic European Championships in Turkey on April 12.

After the gymnasts performed outstanding routines and achieved a combined score of 164.428, they became the first British team to take home the title.

Ondine was joined by Alice Kinsella, Georgia-Mae Fenton, Jessica Gadirova and Becky Downie on the podium.

The team started the competition on beam, and Ondine was first up. She delivered a superb routine, scoring 13.666.

After beam, the team moved onto floor. Ondine opened her routine with a huge tumble and received a score of 13.166.

Ondine also competed in the individual beam final on April 16 and finished in fourth place with a score of 13.533.

On vault, the team were precise and professional and nailed their landings. Georgia-Mae scored 13.733, Alice 13.833, Jessica 14.2 and Ondine 13.966.

Ondine said: “It was such an amazing moment to make history and win Great Britain’s first European Team gold medal, especially as we’ve all trained so hard for this success.”

Jessica, who won the all-around European title, said: “I’m so proud of this team. We put in some massive performances today and it feels so special to have won as a team. It feels incredible to stand on the top of the podium with them.”

Becky, whose performance in the championships marked a return to form following an Achilles injury, added: “It definitely feels nice to be back! It’s been a long wait for me to get back into a position like this and I couldn’t be more proud of the whole team. I’m so happy to have produced that routine today – this feels incredible.”

Ondine was previously honoured by MyLocalNews last November at the prestigious MyLocalHero event, winning the Sporting Achiever award for her gymnastic success.


Photo credit: British Gymnastics

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