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Debbie Richardson believes that Commonwealth gold medallist Kelly Simm is capable of winning another medal in the vault today.

The 19-year-old gymnast, who trains at Dynamo School of Gymnastics, helped England to gold in the team event on Tuesday and is looking to add to her collection in this afternoon’s vault final.

The Commonwealth Games is Simm’s first major international competition and her coach believes she has coped superbly with the pressure.

Richardson said: ‘Kelly has always been a grafter but has never had a lot of glory so I’m really pleased for her.

‘The gold medal was well deserved.

‘Watching her from the stands, I was really confident that she was well in control.

‘There was a huge amount of pressure on her in a competition where England were expected to do well but she was very professional about it all.

‘She looked totally at home out there.

‘She took to it like a duck to water.’

And Richardson says there is more to come from her young protege.

‘It’s her first major championships and she’s a Commonwealth gold medallist,’ she said.

‘Her level of skills is phenomenal.

‘It’s really motivated her and she was straight back in the gym yesterday.’

The British vault champion qualified for the final in fourth position but failed to make the floor final after making a mistake in her routine on Tuesday.

Richardson added: ‘Her target is to improve in the final.

‘She’s capable of improving her average by at least 0.5 points, which could put her in gold or silver position.

‘It depends on what other people do and whether or not she can nail it.

‘Her main threat will be her team-mate Claudia Fragapane.

‘The two of them have been quite exciting to watch and it’s been nice for the fans to see some fresh new talent.’