Youth and experience saw England go home in the women’s team gymnastics in Birmingham; Ondine Achampong’s final vault after Claudia Fragapane’s floor routine won gold at the Commonwealth Games; Alice Kinsella, Georgia-Mae Fenton and Kelly Simm are the other members of the 5 winners
Last updated: 31/07/22 8:06 am
Teenage girl Ondine Achampong nailed her all-important final to win a gold medal in women’s team gymnastics for England at the Commonwealth Games on a night that could spell the swan of former world medalist Claudia Fragapane.
In her first major multi-sport competition, 18-year-old Achampong managed to weather the inevitable stresses to score 14.15, enough to see off the surging Australian team, who fell deficit down to just 0.05 points to enter the final penalty shootout.
But it was Fragapane, a late-career gymnast who made the house miserable with his habit of rocking the floor, while failing to win a spot in the individual finals, who proved a worthy change from her Commonwealth Games career. when she claimed a fifth gold medal.
Alice Kinsella, Georgia-Mae Fenton and Kelly Simm were other members of England’s winning team.
Fragapane exploded at the 2014 Olympics in Glasgow, when she won four gold medals, and was forced to battle a series of career-threatening injuries, including concussions and ankle surgeries. and elbows, to win his place in Birmingham.
Fragapane, 24, shared a long hug with Simm, 27, who also won a medal in Glasgow, and with talk of retirement in the air, she admitted: “This is for sure. is our last Commonwealth Games as we will not be attending to continue for another four years.
“I’ve had four major injuries so my main goal is to come back and do it again. I shouldn’t have come back so quickly but I’ve tried my best to get here. I’ll do it. step by step – Now I have to be careful with this fragile body.”
England, who were gold-ticketed by Canada on the Gold Coast four years ago, started off as strong contenders to reclaim their title but fell into a series of stunning performances to see them secure. all over the road.
“I was a bit nervous but I just told myself to go out and do the things that I usually do, that’s even better,” admitted Achampong, who made the decisive performance.
Aside from the battle to beat the Australians, the side story becomes a battle between England’s teammates to ensure two spots per country are available for the full final and individual machine.
Birmingham-born Kinsella topped the qualifying rankings with 54,450, 0.3 more than second-placed Achampong, with Fenton, fourth, unlucky to be eliminated.
But Fenton, the defending champion, will compete in the uneven bars final after a top 14.0 against Achampong, who was hugely impressive on her debut in the high international competition. grant.
Kinsella, the 2019 European champion, is second behind Australia’s Georgia Godwin, with Fenton in third and with it England’s last place ahead of Achampong thanks to higher execution ratings.
Kinsella once again tops out with 13,450 on the floor while Achampong will join her in the finals. Fragapane finished well in last place with 12,450, but appeared in the content as the final twists of her career took place.
Scotland’s Shannon Archer had a successful night, scoring top in vault qualifying with 13.5 and also reaching the crossbar final, while she will join compatriot Cara Kennedy in the all-around final.