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Jocelyn Hunt took a giant step towards selection for London 2012 after producing an excellent performance in the latest gymnastics Olympic trial event.

The Stubbington gymnast is one of 10 contenders for the five available places for the summer showpiece.

And she has done her hopes of gaining a place no harm at all after grabbing a gold medal in the floor final and a silver in the beam competition against Spain and Finland in the three-team event in Ipswich.

And while the 17-year-old is not counting her chickens just yet, if she can produce something similar at the British Championships on June 22, her name must surely be among those chosen on July 4.

However, Hunt is refusing to get carried away at the prospect of performing in London.

She said: ‘I don’t really want to think about it too much just yet.

‘I just want to get through my trial and not hold anything back.

‘You’ve got to give it all you’ve got and just see what happens.

‘It was definitely better than I was expecting to get a win and a second.

‘And it’s given me a lot of confidence that I might get into the side.

‘But we don’t really get told anything and we will all find out on July 4.

‘None of us know who is going to be in the team.

‘There are 10 of us and there are five spaces, but we’re all good enough to be part of the team.

‘But I’m feeling positive about it.’

While it’s understandable that Hunt is keen to play down her chances of selection, a win and a second place in a high-profile event will surely stand her in good stead.

Beth Tweddle, who is considered to be among the genuine medal contenders for Great Britain and looks the most likely to be selected, grabbed gold on the uneven bars to underline her return to fitness following recent knee surgery.

And fellow Briton Jenni Pinches picked up gold in the vault final.

But Hunt has shown she is every bit as capable in the floor and beam disciplines.

Hunt said: ‘Beth is just coming back from injury but has worked really hard. She is a medal potential and it’s pretty obvious she will be part of the team.

‘But the rest of the places are really up for grabs.’

While good performances in other competitions are not to be sniffed at, the former Crofton School student knows that the British Championships will be do-or-die when it comes to selection for Team GB.

The event in Liverpool later this month will see her come up against all of the other top candidates.

She said: ‘The British Championships is one of the biggest events of the year and it’s even bigger this year. There is a lot riding on it.

‘A lot depends on the formation of the team because they have to get the balance right for the different events.

‘So I’ll be working hard on my various routines to make sure they are as stable as they can be under pressure.’