Frankie’s emotional farewell is golden

Frankie Jones admitted it was hard to keep her emotions in check as her career came to a golden conclusion.

The Kettering-born rhythmic gymnast - who is now a six-time British champion, 2012 Olympian and seven-time Commonwealth Games medal winner - ended her illustrious career in fitting style with the ribbon gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

Frankie Jones

Frankie Jones

Her tally of medals at the weekend mean she can leave the sport knowing she is Britain’s greatest ever rhythmic gymnast.

And having said farewell with gold she said: “I was trying so hard not to cry when the Welsh flag was raised.

“I wanted to come out and try and get more medals for Team Wales but also to perform for myself in my last-ever competition.

“With the final ribbon routine I had no nerves I just knew that I wanted the last ever performance to be special and to enjoy and savour it and that worked.

“Hearing the Welsh anthem knowing all the support and trust everyone has given me over the years – I felt like I was paying everyone back.

“It’s amazing to end a career in such a special way, I couldn’t ask for any more than to enjoy my last routine and to win the gold medal.

“It’s an absolute dream.”