Australia's Georgia Godwin claims all-around gold in artistic gymnastics at Birmingham 2022

England's Ondine Achampong wins Commonwealth Games silver and Canada's Emma Spence bags bronze, with favourite Alice Kinsella out of the medals.

By Jo Gunston
Picture by 2022 Getty Images

Just as England's women footballers were kicking off in London an effort to claim football glory at Euro 2022 in a rivalry for the ages against Germany, England's artistic gymnasts were in a showdown at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games with Australia.

And it was an Aussie that came out on top courtesy of Georgia Godwin who was consistent on all four pieces of apparatus to win her first Commonwealth Games gold medal. On her final routine, an instrumental version of 'And I'm feeling good' rang out to accompany her floor exercise, which cemented the gold medal. Feeling good indeed.

The 24-year-old improved on her all-around silver last time out at the Gold Coast in 2018, and added to her two bronze medals also won on home turf. She also claimed silver in the team event in the UK on Saturday.

England's Ondine Achampong, 18, claimed silver to add to England's three golds and a silver won so far at the Arena Birmingham, while Canada's Emma Spence bagged bronze.

And so it began

The competition started as the qualifiers indicated it might. Kinsella and Achampong – the first and second highest ranked gymnasts from Saturday – scored almost the exact same mark after performing the exact same vault, the tricky double twisting Yurchenko.

Achampong scored 13.900 to whoops of delight from the crowd. Kinsella hit 13.850 but perhaps engaged a slightly higher reaction due to her residing locally.

Scotland's Shannon Archer also scored highly on the same vault as did Canada's Emma Spence, the foursome taking up the same positions they finished at the end of qualification.

A fantastic routine from Kinsella on the uneven bars in the second rotation had the Olympic bronze medallist. A superb score of 13.700 put pressure on the other potential medallists.

Achampong went safely through despite a slightly mis-timed dismount that left the teenager grimacing, but she rescued it, scoring 13.250.

Spence, whose great grandmother was a sprinter at the 1932 Olympic Games, raised her hands in delight after her bars exercise.

Godwin put in a performance worthy of an already four-time Commonwealth Games medallist. Her legs were locked together and toes pointed all the way through, despite the big difficulty she was performing and the Aussie looked pleased with a perfect landing to score 13.550.

Game on.

The crowd were expectant as defending beam champion, Kinsella, stepped up first to compete on her favourite event. However, for once, the apparatus got the better of her and a fall, and a dismount value that was discounted due to her routine over-running, put a dent in her medal hopes. A distraught Kinsella sat at the side of the arena, head in hands, despite the crowd clapping and cheering in support as the score of 11.000 popped up.

Godwin performed a fabulous routine with barely a wobble, and smiled broadly on seeing the score of 13.750.

Achampong fell from the beam on a difficult tumbling combination but completed the rest of the routine beautifully to score 12.500. She was still in contention for a podium place heading into the final rotation.

Funky music accompanied Spence's floor exercise, which had the crowd clapping along, the routine turned out to be enough to keep the 19-year-old in bronze medal position, replicating Canada's team result just 24 hours earlier.

Godwin performed with aplomb to secure top spot while Achampong stuck all her landings like glue to win silver.

Kinsella finished fourth.

Women's individual all-around results

1 Georgia Godwin, Aus 53.550
2 Ondine Achampong, England 53.000
3 Emma Spence, Canada 52.350
4 Alice Kinsella, England 50.600
5 Poppy-Grace Stickler, Wales 50.200
6 Naveen Daries, South Africa 49.850
7 Laurie Denommee, Canada 49.700
8 Shannon Archer, Scotland 49.300
9 Caitlin Rooskrantz, South Africa 48.350
10 Jea Maracha, Wales 48.100

When to watch the artistic gymnastics individual apparatus finals

Monday 1 August

1pm-5pm (BST) Women's vault and uneven bars; men's floor, pommel horse and rings.

Tuesday 2 August

1pm-5pm (BST) Women's beam and floor; men's vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar

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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