Regini-Moran at the double as gymnast wins two silvers at Commonwealth Games

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Commonwealth Games - Artistic Gymnastics - Men's Parallel Bars - Medal Ceremony - Arena Birmingham, Birmingham, Britain - August 2, 2022 Silver medallist England's Giarnni Regini-Moran on the podium during the medal ceremony REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov
Commonwealth Games - Artistic Gymnastics - Men's Parallel Bars - Medal Ceremony - Arena Birmingham, Birmingham, Britain - August 2, 2022 Silver medallist England's Giarnni Regini-Moran on the podium during the medal ceremony REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

By James Toney in Birmingham

Great Yarmouth's Giarnni Regini-Moran had a birthday to remember with a double silver at the Commonwealth Games.

Regini-Moran added silvers in the vault and parallel bars to his gold medal in the team event last week and bronze in Monday's floor final.

But the Pegasus Gymnastics Club athlete admitted he almost shed a tear when the capacity crowd at Arena Birmingham gave him a full-throated rendition of 'Happy Birthday'.

"Everyone singing happy birthday, I couldn’t have felt more loved out there," said Regini-Moran, who is one of over 1,100 elite athletes on UK Sport’s National Lottery-funded World Class Programme, allowing them to train full time, have access to the world’s best coaches and benefit from pioneering technology, science and medical support.

"The fact the performances went well as well just topped it off.

“I’m super happy with how these Games have gone. With the vault, my goal was just to land on my feet.

"It is one of those pieces where anything can happen in a final and you just have to stick that landing. Luckily, I did that and managed to get some good scores too."

It's been a special week for the England men's team, who have won all but one gold medal available here in Birmingham - dominance over rival nations inspired by Jake Jarman and Joe Fraser, who topped the podium four and three times, respectively.

“It’s incredible. We spend a lot of time together, training together, living with each other, we are like a close family, and we all want the best for each other," added Regini-Moran.

"I’m happy for them and want them to reach their potential and do as well as they can. To see them do that, I’m so proud.”

Regini-Moran won't get much time off to celebrate his birthday, with the European Championships in Munich less than a fortnight away, before attention then switches to the World Championships in Liverpool in late October.

“It’s a quick turnaround," he added.

"I’ll have a couple of days to let things settle down and then be back in the gym on Thursday.

"It’s important to have a day off, I can’t remember the last time I had one in the last couple of weeks. I’ll build up slowly, it’s important to stay well and healthy.

"After such a high here, there’s always going to be a bit of a low, so we’ll ride through that and focus on the next one.”

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