Claudia Fragapane admits she is champing at the bit to return to the scene of her greatest achievement this week.

Last year was certainly a memorable one for Fragapane as she wrote her name in the history books at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Aged just 16 at the time, Fragapane left the Hydro Arena with gold medals in the team, all-around, vault and floor events to become England's most successful female Commonwealth Games competitor in over 80 years.

Fast forward a little over a year and the Bristol Hawks ace is preparing to return north of the border to Glasgow’s Hydro Arena once again for this week’s World Gymnastics Championships.

And while the action might not kick off until Friday, Fragapane insists she is counting down the seconds until she returns to familiar and happy surroundings.

“I’m really looking forward to going back and competing at the Hydro, it holds a lot of great memories for me,” the 17-year-old said.

“The crowd is going to be amazing and I just can’t wait to go out there and perform.

“On some pieces I block the crowd out, but on floor I can hear everything, and just to hear them roaring for each tumble, it really beasts you up.

“It would be nice to have that bit of support and oomph going into my tumbles.

“Preparations are going really well. It was hard at the beginning, to build up all the stamina and compete a full floor event without huffing and puffing all the time.

“But it’s been good, we’ve all gelled as a team and we’re looking forward to going out there.

“I obviously feel a little bit of pressure because people are saying that I’m going back to Glasgow and I’m expected to do well, but really I don’t feel as much pressure because it’s more of a team event.

“I’m just excited to be out there and have a good, clean performance, that’s my main goal.”

Fragapane is now looking to fulfil her lifelong dream of competing at an Olympic Games for the first time in Rio next year.

And she maintained that team success at this World Championships was more important than individual accolades, with an eighth-place finish by the squad enough to qualify for a spot in Brazil next year.

“There’s more of a team target, just to get that qualification for Rio. If I get to any finals then that will be a bonus as well but I’m more looking forward to the team event,” she added.

“It will be the best feeling in the world. I’ve always wanted to go to an Olympics, so if it happens I will be over the moon!”

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