Top things to know about artistic gymnastics at the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Schedule, preview and stars to watch in Birmingham, including the likes of Claudia Fragapane, Georgia Godwin, Rhys McClenaghan, Marios Georgiou and hometown gymnast, Joe Fraser.

By Jo Gunston
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As ever, artistic gymnastics will be one of the most popular events of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, with hosts, England, looking to make use of the home support to back the strong women's and men's squads selected to bag some hardware.

The gymnasts will compete at the Arena Birmingham, already a hothouse for high-profile sports events such as world championships in netball (1995), wheelchair basketball (2010) and indoor athletics (2003 and 2018). The venue also hosted the European artistic gymnastics championships in 2010, but these competitors will be hoping to make their own mark.

Medals will be available in women's and men's team competition, individual all-around, and all the apparatus finals. For the women, that's vault, uneven bars, beam and floor, and for the men, floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar.

Below, we take a deeper look at the gymnasts expected to light up the competition, the schedule, and how to watch the action.

Top artistic gymnasts at 2022 Commonwealth Games

Olympic team bronze medallist at Tokyo 2020, Alice Kinsella, returns to the Commonwealth Games for Team England hoping to add to her beam gold, team silver and all-around bronze from the last edition at Gold Coast 2018.

The 24-year-old is joined by four-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Claudia Fragapane who is returning to the international fray after a lengthy period out with injury, which included missing the Australia-hosted competition.

Watch out for the 24-year-old’s floor exercise. Not only does Fragapane compete the most incredibly difficult tumbles but after a stint on UK reality show, Strictly Come Dancing in which she reached the semi-finals, Fragapane likes to incorporate some ballroom-style dance in her routine.

The women's team event is usually a contest between England, Australia and Canada, however the North Americans are sending a young, inexperienced team, without stalwart and 2018 all-around champion Ellie Black, so are more of an unknown quantity. Georgia Godwin, the silver medallist to Black's gold, and bronze medallist in the team and uneven bars, leads Australia's charge.

Two of the English gold medalists in the men's team event in 2018 – James Hall and Courtney Tulloch – will be joined this time by local hero and 2019 world parallel bars champion, Joe Fraser, Tokyo 2020 reserve, Jake Jarman and European vault bronze medallist Giarnni Regini-Moran.

An experienced team, Fraser, Hall and Regini-Moran also came fourth at Tokyo last summer. Canada and Scotland – the latter who has a returning Frank Baines in the squad having retired after the last edition – could be their closest rivals.

All-around preview

Opportunity abounds for both men and women in the artistic gymnastics all-around final, with the field open for someone to make their mark on the international scene as the best overall gymnast.

With Black out of the women's event, Godwin and 2018 bronze medallist Kinsella will be looking to improve their podium positions. However Kinsella's team-mates, newbie Ondine Achampong and Gold Coast uneven bars champion, Georgia-Mae Fenton could also challenge.

England’s Hall will be hoping to top the podium this time out after coming second to now retired team-mate Nile Wilson in 2018. However, team-mates Regini-Moran and Fraser will likely have a say in the matter as will Marios Georgiou, who rounded out the medals in Australia, bagging bronze.

The Cypriot could also challenge on parallel bars and floor in the apparatus finals, two disciplines in which he won gold last time out.

Marios GEORGIOU Cyprus Commonwealth Games artistic gymnastics
Picture by 2018 Getty Images

Individual apparatus finals preview

Northern Ireland's Rhys McClenaghan will look to replicate his gold medal from the Gold Coast, which should be made considerably easier as England's back-to-back Olympic champion on the event, Max Whitlock is sitting this competition out.

Fenton will hope to defend her uneven bars title, and Tulloch the same on rings. Oh and watch out for Team England on men's vault – explosive doesn't begin to cover it.

Artistic gymnastics schedule at 2022 Commonwealth Games

All times are British Summer Time (GMT/UTC+1)

Friday 29 July

9.30am-2.30pm

Men’s qualification for individual all-around, apparatus and team finals for subdivisions 1 and 2

Subdivision 1:
Group 1 – Cayman Islands, Pakistan
Group 2 – Jersey and Sri Lanka
Group 3 – Bangladesh, South Africa

Subdivision 2:
Group 4 – Northern Ireland, Malaysia
Group 5 – Singapore, India
Group 6 – Wales, Jamaica

5pm-8.30pm

Men’s qualification for individual all-around, apparatus and team finals for subdivision 3

Subdivision 3:
Group 7 – England, New Zealand
Group 8 – Canada, Scotland
Group 9 – Australia, Cyprus

Saturday 30 July

9am-2pm

Women’s qualification for individual all-around, apparatus and team finals for subdivisions 1 and 2

Subdivision 1:
Group 1 – Cyprus, Jamaica
Group 2 – Singapore, Barbados

Subdivision 2:
Group 3 – Isle of Man, Trinidad & Tobago
Group 4 – South Africa

4.30pm-10pm

Women’s qualification for individual all-around, apparatus and team finals for subdivisions 3 and 4

Subdivision 3:
Group 1 – Scotland, India
Group 2 – Malaysia, Sri Lanka

Subdivision 4:
Group 3 – Wales, Australia
Group 4 – Canada, England

Sunday 31 July

9am – 12pm

Men’s all-around final

2.30pm – 5.30pm

Women’s all-around final

Monday 1 August

1pm – 5pm

Apparatus finals day 1/2

Men’s floor
Women’s vault
Men’s pommel horse
Women’s uneven bars
Men’s rings

Tuesday 2 August

1pm – 5pm

Apparatus finals day 2/2

Men’s vault
Women’s beam
Men’s parallel bars
Women’s floor
Men’s horizontal bar

For further information on artistic gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games click here.

How to watch artistic gymnastics at 2022 Commonwealth Games

UK: BBC TV, Radio, iPlayer

Canada: CBC Sports, CBC Sports app

Australia: Channel 7, 7Plus

New Zealand: Sky, TVNZ

India: Sony LIV

Further streaming details to be released on the Commonwealth Games website.

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