Joe Fraser greeted his “wonderful” teammate Jake Jarman after the English duo concluded their gymnastics campaign with a glittering total of seven golds on the final day of the sold out gear finals at Arena Birmingham.
Jarman’s resounding triumph in the vaulting final made him the first English athlete to win four gold medals in the same Games from shooter Mick Gault in 1998, while Fraser, nursing a fractured foot, added to his previous success with a demonstration domination over parallels.
A further gold on the floor for Alice Kinsella, rebounded from disappointment at losing the podium in the previous final to the beam, ensured England to conclude a hugely successful campaign after winning 10 of the 14 gold medals offered.
Supporting that success was Jarman, a 20-year-old competing in his first major multi-sport event whose two-jump average of 14,916 left him well away from his teammate Giarnni Regini-Moran, who won silver. with 14,633 in its 24th place. birthday.
Fraser, himself 23, said: “Jake is the child prodigy – he is the future of our sport and I am so proud of everything he has achieved.
“It’s just the beginning for Jake: the potential the boy has is unmatched and having him on the team will be a huge asset to keep going.”
Jarman, who had already secured gold medals in team, all-round and ground-based competitions, reflected on a remarkable surge of notoriety, which began when he was actually spotted by talent by a local coach in a Peterborough park at age of eight.
“I was a very hyperactive kid and when I was seven or eight I was in the park and a gym coach told my mom ‘you should take your kid to the local club,'” he said.
“I was just swinging from the monkey bars. I like to think I was good with monkey bars. “
Fraser, who had also drawn four gold medals having entered the final day with team gold and pommel in the bag, felt mixed emotions as he followed his victory at the parallels – in which Regini-Moran finished by. new second – falling off the horizontal bar in the middle of his final routine.
However, Fraser expressed pride in his performances in front of his hometown audiences, after a torrid buildup that saw him hospitalized with a ruptured appendix before suffering a broken foot in training that left his participation in doubt. at the Games.
“My belief in getting to the Games has always been huge,” Fraser insisted. “I really thought I could do it.
“There were times when I thought I was doing less than I hoped for, but I managed to do four events in a major competition two weeks after my foot fractured, which I don’t think many people would be able to do. I am proud of myself and of all those who helped me to obtain it ”.
Kinsella, also from Birmingham, reflected on some sort of redemption just two days after a fall to the beam cost her the chance to win a coveted all-round medal and left her facing a tough battle to recover. on fire in time for the individual finals.
Another display of the wobbly beam left her off the medals again, but Kinsella returned to the field to finish the competition with a score of 13,366, with 20-year-old teammate Ondine Achampong taking her second silver. to go with team gold.
It was an impressive recovery for Kinsella, inconsolable two days earlier, who later revealed that she had severe mental problems with her floor routine in which she had twice injured her ankle.
“Since I rolled my ankle a couple of months ago, I’ve had panic attacks on the floor almost every day,” Kinsella revealed. “It was definitely difficult for me. I did the same thing in Tokyo and for it to happen again, the trauma returned.
“Now I feel more confident and everything has paid off. The all-round final wasn’t my day, but it made me more motivated. My goal was to get more medals, but today I’ll leave the bad stuff and focus on this gold medal. “