Gymnastics World Championships: Kristian Thomas takes world bronze in vault


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Kristian Thomas clinched a bronze medal in the vault on the final day of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp on Sunday.

The Olympic team bronze medallist headed into the final having placed fourth in qualifying, and went one better thanks to two superbly executed high-difficulty vaults. The 24-year-old from Wolverhampton finished third behind South Korea’s Yang Hak-seon and American Steven Legendre.

“It’s amazing,” Thomas said after securing Great Britain’s first ever World Championships vault medal. “A few weeks ago I didn’t even know if I’d make the team. It’s been a roller-coaster year.”