Commonwealth Games: England win milestone in gymnastics gold for third team

Hosts: Birmingham dates: July 28 to August 8
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England became the first team to win three consecutive Commonwealth team gymnastics golds when Birmingham’s Joe Fraser helped them to a big win.

Home favorite Fraser topped the prankster’s standings with a score of 14,650, sparking roars throughout the arena.

And the hosts made up for the absence of the injured Max Whitlock, finishing at 254,500, 13,300 for Canada.

James Hall, Jake Jarman, Giarnni Regini-Moran and Courtney Tulloch also impressed when England dominated.

Together they cleared the standings, with England leading in all six devices.

Their success was England’s second gold at the Commonwealth Games after triathlete Alex Yee triumphed earlier on the opening day of the promotion.

British champion Fraser’s hopes of competing in all-around Commonwealth competition were shattered by an ankle injury two weeks before the Games.

However, he swore to post his disappointmentexternal link behind him to help England chase another title after success in Glasgow 2014 and on the Gold Coast in 2018.

The 23-year-old kept his promise and said afterwards: “I’m hardcore.

“I’ve had countless times where I thought, ‘This isn’t meant to be, but the thought of performing in front of a home crowd made me want to push myself and achieve great things.”

Fraser entered the competition with a smooth routine on the pommel and dismounted to loud applause. The judges scored him 14.650, 0.300 ahead of Rhys McClenaghan of Northern Ireland, the defending Commonwealth champion on the device.

Defending champion at the Gold Coast rings, Tulloch extended England’s lead with a controlled, confident display that scored 14,700, comfortably overshadowing the rest of the competition.

Regini-Moran scored the highest in both the parallel bars and on the floor, with Jarman clear of the rest on the jump.

The last word, however, was suitably left to Fraser. He put on an excellent high bar routine on England’s final rotation, scoring 14,500 highs.

Fraser added: “I’ve had so much adversity. Before the high bar, my coach said, ‘I believe in you’, and that was exactly what I needed.

“Holding on the dismount just made everything real. Even with the injuries I sustained, walking away with that landing, I was just so proud of myself.”

The England team bounced together in a merry chorus, but their celebrations were surpassed by a delighted Cypriot team, who took a surprising bronze.

Scotland and Wales finished fifth and sixth respectively.

The team final also acts as a qualifying event for individual disciplines, with the top eight in each device advancing to the medal events later in the Games.

England’s Jarman and Hall were the two best scoring gymnasts in the all-round qualifier, ahead of Cypriot Marios Georgiou.

Scotland’s Frank Baines, who retired in 2019 but returned to the sport to compete in a third Commonwealth Games, also made progress.

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