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Murray finds rhythm on dance floor
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Gymnast Janine Murray may be relatively unknown in Australia but at the London Olympics she will perform to capacity crowds.

Gymnastics tickets have been among the most prized at the Games, particularly for the women's competition where Murray will be Australia's sole rhythmic representative.

The 22-year-old, who left Zimbabwe with her family a decade ago, has also become WA's first Olympic representative in rhythmic competition.

Murray secured Oceania's nomination at last year's world championships in Montpellier, where she placed among the world's best from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Bulgaria.

Her selection is also a reward for her coach, Krasimira Yurukova, a former Bulgarian gymnast who introduced her to the sport at primary school in Zimbabwe. The pair have been together since.

Murray said she knew she would be on the team but had to go through the formal selection process by winning all five gold medals at last week's Australian championships.

"Now that the nomination has been confirmed it has really hit home," she said.

"I feel very confident after nationals, but in terms of expectation for the Games I just see it as an enormous privilege to be going as a wild-card and if I can perform my best I will be happy."

Murray won't compete before London, instead preferring to focus on her preparation.

"My ribbon is probably my best chance of a medal because of the high value skills that no-one else in the world performs," Murray said.

Yurukova said Murray's success had been immensely rewarding and she had the potential to get stronger in her discipline. The rhythmic competition will be decided at London's Wembley Arena from August 9-12.

Australia will have one representative in the men's artistic competition with Queenslander Josh Jefferis named in the team.

The 26-year-old has represented Australia for more than a decade, competing in two Commonwealth Games. This is his first Olympics.

"This is the greatest honour of my life and a dream come true," Jefferis said.

He held of a strong challenge from training partner Thomas Pichler for the spot.