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A gold muddle

PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:43 05 July 2010

Young gymnasts from Waveney saw a national title cruelly snatched from their grasp after a scoring error denied them gold medals.

For one hour, Waveney Gymnastics Club had the best U12 boys' side in the country after winning the Pegasus Open British Team Championships.

Young gymnasts from Waveney saw a national title cruelly snatched from their grasp after a scoring error denied them gold medals.

For one hour, Waveney Gymnastics Club had the best U12 boys' side in the country after winning the Pegasus Open British Team Championships.

But as the boys celebrated success after an impressive performance, a sharp-eyed gymnast from another team noticed an incorrect score as he was leaving the venue and Waveney were demoted to second spot behind Manchester.

However, the boys looked and competed like champions and still beat some very competitive teams, with long traditions of producing international gymnasts, after turning the judges' heads with their technical accomplishment and professional behaviour.

Declan Ayers finished in sixth place with an impressive score of 70.15, silver medal on rings and bronze on vault.

Clark Gould performed solidly to finish in 10th (69.6) and anchored the team with consistent routines throughout the competition.

Oscar Beare (64.35) put in a solid performance on all apparatus and added the strength in depth that the club had previously been unable to achieve as the team scored an impressive 276.15 and were briefly crowned British champions.

In the U10, Giarnni Regini-Moran (69.85) added the all round, rings, vault and high bar titles to the national title he won in May.

Team-mate Henry Howe (53.1) competed with real confidence and picked up silver on vault and bronze on floor.

Later, Jake Soanes, competing in the U14 competition, had a mixed day. This was always going to be a strong test for Jake on the comeback trail from injury and competing against a very strong field.

He had an excellent rings routine to start then came a few shaky pieces. However, he managed to compose himself and performed an exceptional floor routine.

The boys proved Waveney Gymnastics Club is becoming a forced to be reckoned with.

The club has also been boosted by financial support from the Lowestoft Lions which will help them compete in national championships in November.

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