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British gymnast Jake Jarman wins 4th gold at Commonwealth Games

Jake Jarman

Jake Jarman won his fourth gold medal of Birmingham 2022 with victory in the men’s vault at Arena Birmingham.

The 20-year-old became the first English athlete to win four golds at a single Commonwealth Games since shooter Mick Gault in Kuala Lumpar 24 years ago.

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Jarman’s combined total of 14.916 pipped England team-mate Giarnni Regini-Moran’s 14.633.

“To be able to come here and enjoy it and produce an amazing result, I am absolutely honoured,” Jarman said.
“I’m going to find somewhere in my house to store them (his four medals) – maybe a glass cabinet or something like that, if there’s space.”

Jarman also revealed his conversation with his grandmother earlier in the Games.

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“I spoke to her on the phone the other day. She was over the moon with how I have done. I’ve never heard her so excited before,” he added.

Bronze went to James Bacueti of Australia with a score of 14.283.

Jarman’s England team-mate Joe Fraser then landed his third gold of the Games, after success in the team all-around and pommel horse, with another remarkable display on the parallel bars.

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Fraser, competing with a fractured foot sustained during the team competition, notched a superb total of 15.0 to win gold and lead home another England one-two with birthday boy Regini-Moran winning his second silver of the day.

“Last year I think I was just getting back from Tokyo (on my birthday), so I can’t really remember what I was up to but I definitely wasn’t doing much.

“This birthday, I’ve won two medals. It has been pretty good.

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“It’s really special to have my family here. They live quite close and of course they couldn’t come to Tokyo last year with the restrictions. They have sacrificed a lot for me, so for them to be here, watching, feels incredible.”

Cyprus’ Marios Georgiou won his second bronze of Birmingham 2022.

England secured their 10th Gymnastics gold and another one-two as Alice Kinsella triumphed in the women’s floor exercise, beating 18-year-old compatriot Ondine Achampong – who won her second individual silver of the Games.

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Kinsella, who endured frustration in the women’s all-around earlier in the week when a fall from the beam saw her finish fourth, hit back in style with a stunning performance to score 13.366.

“That day wasn’t a good day. That day there was a gold in me,” Kinsella said of her all-around disappointment.

“It’s gymnastics at the end of the day and it happens. It made me more motivated. I came in the next day and focused on the things I had fallen on in the routine.”

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Achampong continued her glorious Games, having won gold alongside Kinsella in the women’s team before landing silver in the all-around.

Kinsella and Achampong also had a meeting with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Arena Birmingham.

“Alice and I didn’t know what to do. We just stood there,” Achampong said.

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“They were so nice. Kate [the Duchess of Cambridge] was telling me how impressed [Princess] Charlotte was. We knew they were at the competition but didn’t realise they’d be there in the back room. We were really surprised.”

Australia’s Emily Whitehead won bronze.

Cyprus’ Ilias Georgiou won gold in the men’s horizontal bars, with team-mate Marios Georgiou winning another bronze and Australia’s Tyson Bull taking silver.

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Australia’s Kate McDonald denied team-mate Georgia Godwin her third gold medal of the Games by taking victory in the women’s beam.

McDonald’s score of 13.466 pipped Godwin, who won her fourth medal of Birmingham 2022 with silver, while Canada’s Emma Spence bagged her third bronze of the Games.

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