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Commonwealth Games 2002 Gmnastics: Frew gold is perfect response.

Byline: LEE WEST

GRANGEMOUTH gymnast Steve Frew defied all the odds to score a shock gold medal success yesterday - then warned that a lack of funding may force him to retire.

Frew presented Scotland with a Commonwealth gold just two weeks after the country's main funding agency rejected his cash plea.

The 29-year-old was told by Sportscotland that he was not competing at a high enough level to warrant lottery money.

But his response to that slur was emphatic when he scored 9.462 in the men's rings event, to share gold with Cypriot Herodotos Giorgallas.

His success gave Scotland a first-ever gymnastic medal at this level and Frew said: "I've won this without any funding from the national lottery or any other organisation.

"Funding would help keep me in the sport but it might be too late now. I am at the pinnacle of my career and that might be a good time to call it a day.

"But I'm in the best shape of my life, so it would be a shame to retire now. I am considering it." The London

based gymnast, who works in a gym to make ends meet, added: "I applied for funding but because I had been out with a neck injury for a year and did not have a ranking they told me I couldn't get it."

Frew's win was not without controversy, with the South African team claiming their bronze medallist David Myhill was robbed.

South African coach Gheorge Hristov said: "It's disgusting. The medal was robbed. The other guy (Frew) should have got fifth or sixth place."

Aberdeen's Barry Collie sparked even more Scottish celebrations by adding a bronze medal in the vault.


DELIGHT: Lee; GOLDEN MOMENT: Scots gymnast Steve Frew savours his shock gold medal victory
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 30, 2002
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