Australia Georgia Godwin and England’s Jake Jarman won all-around gold and the England women’s and men’s team titles in the gymnastics competition held July 29-August at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.
24-year-old Godwin, who finished second overall at the 2018 Gold Coast Games, almost equaled her second-place qualifying result, surpassing England’s silver medal win Ondine Achampong and bronze medalist Emma Spence from Canada.
Godwin finished as the Games’ top gymnast, winning two gold and three silver. She was 13th all-around at the 2017 World Championships in Montreal, 19th all-around at the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, and 37th all-around in qualifying at the Tokyo Summer Olympics.
Achampong, the 2022 British all-around silver medalist, won silver on balance beam at the 2020 World Championships in Melbourne and bronze on balance beam at the 2021 Challenge Cup in Varna.
Top Qualifier Alice Kinsella of England, the defending all-around bronze medalist at the 2018 Games, led after two apparatus but fell to fourth place after falls on the balance beam and floor.
Achampong, Kinsella, Georgia Mae Fenton, Claudia Fragapane and Kelly Simm combined to win the women’s team title against silver medalist Australia (Godwin, Romy Brown, Kate McDonald, Breanna Scott and Emily Weisskopf). Bronze went to Canada (Spence, Laurie Denommee, Jenna Lalonde, Cassandra Lee and Maya Zonneveld).
Women’s apparatus champions were Godwin on vault, Fenton on uneven bars, McDonald on beam and Kinsella on floor exercise.
By just over half a point, men’s all-around champion Jarman beat his England team-mate Jacob Hall, who successfully defended his silver medal from the 2018 Games. Hall qualified first ahead of Jarman for the finals where both men improved on their qualifying scores. Cyprus’ Marios Georgiou won bronze as in the 2018 games.
Jarman finished the Games as the most successful male gymnast after collecting four gold medals.
Jarman was born in Peterborough on December 3, 2001 and trains under trainers Ben Howels at the Huntington Gymnastics Club. He was a reserve on the British team at last summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo and finished third in all-around, first in floor exercise and first in vault at the British Championships in March this year.
Jarman took silver on vault at both the 2018 European Junior Championships in Glasgow and the 2019 Challenge Cup in Paris, and finished 10th overall at the 2021 European Championships in Basel.
Jarmann, Halle Joe Fraser, Giarnni Regini Moran and Courtney Tulloch cavorted with the men’s gold team over silver medalist Canada (Felix Dolci, Mathys Jalbert, Chris Kaji, Jayson Rampersad and Kenji Tamane). Bronze went to Cyprus (Georgios Angonas, Michaelis Chari, Ilias Georgiou, Marios Georgiou and Socratis Pilakouris).
After recently recovering from a ruptured appendix and a broken foot, Fraser competed on all apparatus except floor exercise and vault. He went on to win gold on pommel horse and parallel bars, finishing fourth on rings and seventh on high bar in the apparatus finals.
Fraser was first in parallel bars and eighth in all-around at the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart and ninth in all-around at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
The men’s apparatus champions were Jarman on floor exercise and vault, Fraser on pommel horse and parallel bars, Tulloch on rings and Ilias Georgiou from Cyprus on the high bar.
Commonwealth Games 2022
July 29 – August 2
- Georgia Godwin OUT 53.55
- Ondine Achampong ENG 53.00
- Emma Spence can 52.35
- Alice Kinsella ENG 50.60
- Poppy Grace Stickler WAL 50.20
- Naveen Daries RSA 49.85
- Laurie Denommee CAN 49.70
- Shannon Archer SCO 49.30
- Caitlin Rooskrantz RSA 48.35
- Jea Maracha WAL 48.10
- Nadine Joy Nathan SGP 47.80
- Emily Whitehead OUT 47.65
- England 161.10
- Australia 158.00
- Canada 152.70
- Georgia Godwin OUT 13,233
- Laurie Denommee CAN 13.233*
- Shannon Archer SCO13.083
- Georgia Mae Fenton ENG 13.90
- Georgia Godwin OUT 13.50
- Caitlin Rooskrantz RSA 13,433
- Kate McDonald OUT 13,466
- Georgia Godwin OUT 13,433
- Emma Spence CAN 13.066
- Alice Kinsella GER 13.366
- Ondine Achampong GER 13.033
- Emily Whitehead OUT 13,000
- Jake Jarman ENG 83.45
- James Hall ENG 82.90
- Marios Georgiou CYP 81.75
- Felix Dolci CAN 81.55
- Pavel Karneyenko SCO 80.65
- Daniel Lee JEY 79.45
- Frank Baines SCO 79.45
- Kenji Tamane CAN 78.15
- Ethan Dick NZL 77.50
- Jacob Edwards WAL 76.90
- Clay Stephens AUS 76.80
- Josh Cook WAL 75.90
- UK 254.55
- Canada 241.20
- Cyprus 239.65
- Jake Jarman ENG 14,666
- Felix Dolci CAN 14.166
- Giarnni Regini Moran ENG 13.966
- Joe Fraser ENG 14.833
- Rhys McClenaghan NIR 14.133
- Jayson Rampersad CAN 14,000
- Courtney Tulloch GER 14.40
- Sokratis Pilakouris CYP 14,300
- Chris Kaji can do 14,266
- Jake Jarman ENG 14.916
- Giarnni Regini Moran ENG 14.633
- James Bacueti FROM 14.283
- Joe Fraser ENG 15,000
- Giarnni Regini-Moran ENG 14.733
- Marios Georgiou CYP 14.533
- Iliad Georgiou CYP 14.666
- Tyson Bull AUS 14,233
- Marios Georgiou CYP 14.133
*Tie broken by highest score of both vaults by both gymnasts (which was Godwin’s score of 13.70 for her first vault)
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Britain’s Joe Fraser: ‘It’s been one hell of a journey’
UK’s James Hall: ‘I’m now the strongest and fittest I’ve ever been’
Great Britain’s Alice Kinsella: “A medal feels absolutely magical”
Britain’s Giarnni Regini-Moran: ‘I can’t ask for more’
Australia’s Stephens: “A risk-free adventure seems boring and pointless, so here I am”