I've got rhythm - and an eye on the Olympics, says Frankie

Rings of fire: Frankie with Denis Lewis

Rings of fire: Frankie with Denis Lewis

First published in Sport

FRANKIE Jones may be the top-ranked rhythmic gymnast in the country but she is taking nothing for granted ahead of Olympic selection next month.

Britain was granted a place in the discipline on appeal in March and Jones admits they have a long way to go to win over a sceptical public.

The 21-year-old, who performed a piece from her planned performance at London 2012 at the unveiling of the new Holiday Inn and Staybridge Suites in Stratford, overlooking the Olympic Park, on Tuesday, will find out if she has made Team GB on July 4.

But, barring a major shock, she will take to the floor in front of an inquisitive home crowd and she can’t wait to end her torment.

She said: “In the world scene we are not very highly ranked, so it’s more about supporting the sport and showing it in this country and getting people interested in it.

“It’s not really about medal prospects. It’s about keeping the sport alive and, hopefully, showing children what it’s like and getting more people involved in the sport. A lot of it is music and expression. so it’s a very good spectator sport.”

The last chance for Jones to showcase her talents will be the British Championships on June 29 – a competition she has won five times in the past.

And the Commonwealth Games silver medallist insists a sixth title would be the perfect preparation for what could be the biggest summer of her life.

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