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Sydney Olympian Mason wins vault gold at English champs

March 4, 2013 01:10 am

Nearly 13 years after she called time on her gymnastics career at the Sydney Olympics, a 31-year old mum of one is back in the winning habit.

Lisa Mason quit the sport after finishing 23rd in the all-around competition at the 2000 Games.

But she's now back in competition, winning vault gold at the English Championships in Kent this weekend.

Mason, who decided to return to the sport after watching Team GB gymnastics success at the London 2012 Olympics, will now set her sights on this month's British Championships, with qualification for April's European Championships the ultimate ambition.

Elsewhere, Max Whitlock, who won pommel horse and team bronze at last year's Olympics, won the English all-around title ahead of British teammate Dan Purvis.

Two-time Olympian Hannah Whelan, 22, won the women's all-around.

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