COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Halford's not getting greedy after second medal
LAURA Halford’s incredible Commonwealth Games produced another medal on Friday – but she won’t be getting greedy as her time in Glasgow nears its end.
Halford was part of a silver-medal winning Welsh rhythmic gymnastics team on the opening day on Thursday – and she didn’t think it could get any better.
But it duly did as she claimed bronze in the individual all-around final, only getting pushed out of silver medal position courtesy of the final competitor.
That was Canadian Patricia Bezzoubenko who not only knocked Halford into silver but struck gold after being awarded an total score of 59.175.
Halford finished with 56.225 after performing with the hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon and still has more chances to claim further medals in Glasgow.
“I didn’t think it would be realistic for me to win an individual medal. My main focus was the team so to have come and done that was incredible,” she said.
“It is just incredible. I cannot believe that this has happened to me. I am so overwhelmed I cannot believe it.
“I need to put this to the back of my mind and focus on the competition and then, after that, I will be able to celebrate.
“The crowd helped so much. I am so happy that the Games are in Glasgow because it is not that far away from home, so I have a lot of support in the crowd.”
Halford will compete in each of the individual apparatus – the hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon – tomorrow in a bid to end on an even higher note.
And Halford knew exactly who to thank for her success so far on her Commonwealth Games debut at Glasgow 2014.
“I just can’t believe it and I am so thankful for everyone who has supported me and helped me get here,” she added.
“My parents and my coaches have been incredible. I hope to be around for the next Commonwealth Games and try to do the same but whatever comes my way, I will try to do my best.”