Thomas targets team gold at Commonwealth Games

Kristian Thomas is preparing for the Commonwealth Games.

Kristian Thomas is preparing for the Commonwealth Games.

First published in Sport

OLYMPIC hero Kristian Thomas is targetting team gold at this year's Commonwealth Games.

The Earls Gymnastics Club member thinks a strong England side can come out on top at the event in Glasgow next month.

Thomas, who was catapulted into the national spotlight after winning a bronze medal at London 2012, wants to go one better than the silver Team GB won at the European Championships in Bulgaria in May.

He said: "We want to win the team gold and are more than capable of doing that.

"Scotland will be strong but we should be right up there competing. It won't be easy but team gold is the priority."

As well as team glory, Thomas will also look to progress in the individual events.

"I made a couple of slight mistakes at the European Championships so want to now improve on that and really push forwards again," he said.

"My preparation has gone well. The recovery process is now done and we can really knuckle down and get to work."

Thomas will be joined in England's Commonwealth Games squad by fellow Olympic medallists Louis Smith, Max Whitlock and Sam Oldham, as well as 18-year-old Nile Wilson.

Smith, 25, made himself available for Team GB after initially retiring after the London Games but wasn't picked for the European Championships.

However, he is now back in the fray and Thomas believes it will be a big boost to the England side.

"Louis is an obvious talent and it will be great to compete alongside him again," he added.

The England side is made up with a total of 13 gymnasts .

The women's artistic team is led by European champion and double Commonwealth medallist Rebecca Downie.

She will be joined by Claudia Fragapane, Ruby Harrold and Hannah Whelan, who won team silver at the European Championships as well as Hannah Whelan.

Following the Commonwealth Games, Thomas will then set his sights on the World Championships in China in October.

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