England women win artistic gymnastics team final, emulating men's result at Commonwealth Games

The host nation regained the title they won in 2014, ahead of defending champions Australia who claimed silver with Canada rounding out the podium ahead of South Africa and Wales. 

By Jo Gunston
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England women emulated the men’s side by claiming the Commonwealth Games artistic gymnastics team title at the Arena Birmingham on Saturday 30 July, but they were pushed harder than their counterparts.

Alice Kinsella, Claudia Fragapane, Georgia-Mae Fenton, Kelly Simm and Ondine Achampong were just half a mark ahead of defending champions Australia heading into the fourth and final rotation but a spectacular series of vaults saw the home side take the title to roars of appreciation from the packed-out crowd.

The Australia team of Romi Brown, Breanna Scott, Georgia Godwin, Emily Whitehead and Kate McDonald, bagged silver, relinquishing the gold they claimed at their home Games on the Gold Coast in 2018.

Canada and Wales duked it out for the final podium place and it was the Canada team of Cassandra Lee, Maya Zonneveld, Laurie Denommee, Jenna Lalonde and Emma Spence who came out on top, leaving a fabulous Wales team in fifth.

South Africa who competed earlier in the day and were watching on with the crowd finished fourth.

England started on the tricky bars but three solid routines, including a huge score of 14 for the reigning Commonwealth Games bars champion, Georgia-Mae Fenton took the Gold Coast 2018 team silver medallists straight into the lead.

Australia, starting the competition on vault, went into second place, with strong performances particularly from Georgia Godwin and Emily Whitehead, who were part of the team that won gold at their home Games last time out.

The second rotation saw the return of England’s Commonwealth Queen Claudia Fragapane who won four golds at Glasgow 2014. The 24-year-old has been out of the international arena for a long period due to injury so the routine was nervy to start, but increasingly settled as Frags settled back into the big stage vibe. She's used to that; she also reached the semi-finals of the TV dance show, Strictly Come Dancing in 2016.

Fragapane's team-mates performed storming routines with super difficulty from reigning beam champion, Kinsella, and, along with Fenton and Achampong, the trio scored the three highest beam marks – aside from Godwin – to keep England in a commanding lead at the halfway point.

The third rotation saw England on floor with a sensational set of routines that had the crowd clapping along, with Kinsella throwing her head back in delight at completing her routine with panache.

Canada also competed some beautiful routines, to put them in a strong position ahead of Wales.

England were competing on vault for the final apparatus and a huge score of 14.150 for Achampong's difficult double twisting Yurchenko not only confirmed the team title but also took the 18-year-old above team-mate Georgia-Mae Fenton into the all-around finals.

Australia performed some characterful choreography in order to secure silver and Canada, with notable performances from Emma Spence – who made the all-around final in 10th place – rounded out the podium.

Artistic gymnastics women's team final top three

1 England 161.100
2 Australia 158.000
3 Canada 152.700

What's next on the artistic gymnastics schedule at Birmingham 2022?

The women's and men's individual all-around final on Sunday 31 July with the men's edition taking place from 9am-12pm with the women's 2.30pm-5.30pm.

For the full gymnastics schedule check here.

How to watch the Birmingham 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 can be found on the Commonwealth Games website here.

You can follow all the action via our live update blog article on Olympics.com.

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