Frankie Jones in disbelief at Olympic qualification

Frankie Jones
Jones is the five-time British champion

Rhythmic gymnast Frankie Jones has described qualifying for the 2012 Olympics as hard to believe.

The 20-year-old, who is based in Wellingborough, qualified for the London games after finishing as the top British competitor at the World Championships in Montpellier.

"It's very exciting. I can't really believe it at the moment," Jones told BBC Radio Northampton.

"It's been so many years of training. It's quite a strange experience."

Jones ended the Championships with a score of 71.175, beating her total from Moscow in 2010.

Although the five-time British champion still needs her qualification for the Olympics to be confirmed by the British Olympic Association next summer, she is in position to represent Great Britain at the home Games.

"I've just got to train really hard. Next January is the test event to the Olympics," said Jones.

"I want to improve on everything, you can never be satisfied with your performances but at the moment I really want to get a new routine for my ball routine and get some better music."

Russia has won the team all-around and individual all-around events the past three Games and Jones admits that it will be a tough ask to beat them.

"Everybody makes mistakes on the floor but the way in which they (the leading gymnasts) pick up from their mistakes is what I've learnt from watching this time.

"They can cover up a lot better and they are faster in their reactions," added Jones.

The Welsh gymnast won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Frankie Jones is one of BBC Radio Northampton's three featured athletes as part of 'Olympic Dreams' in the build-up to London 2012.

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