A TALENTED gymnast has been named British Men's Tumbling Champion for an amazing ninth time.

Kristof Willerton, 30, from Andover, was named British Men’s Tumbling Champion following a stellar performance at the Trampoline, Tumbling & DMT British Championships this weekend at the Utilita Arena in Birmingham.

The event saw 300 elite-level tumblers and trampolinists compete across the three disciplines.

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Kirstof’s final score of 28.8 landed him at the top of the podium ahead of Jaydon Paddock and Fred Teague, who placed second and third respectively.

Having won gold at the British Championships, Kristof now has his sights set on the Trampoline World Championships in November. The full line-up of British athletes who have been selected to represent their country and take part in the World Championships will be announced next week.

If selected, Kristof will be among the 100 gymnasts from over 50 countries battling it out for the title of World champion and securing one of the highly sought-after places at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

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The newly-crowned British Champion, Kristof, said: “Being named British champion gets better and better each time, especially with where British tumbling is at currently. It’s so competitive but has such a good depth. The quality is so good and there are so many that deserve to be up there, so it means a lot for me to still be up there on the podium.

“I want to say a huge thank you to my teammates, and, of course, my coach for supporting me. Without them, none of this would have been possible.”

Kristof, who has been in the sport for over 10 years, came away with an individual silver at last year’s World Championships. The tumbling veteran now trains reigning World Champion Comfort Yeates, who rose to fame last year when a last-minute call-up resulted in her being named Tumbling World Champion at the age of 17.