Alice Kinsella finishes in style with Commonwealth Games floor gold


Alice Kinsella shrugs off her previous disappointments to win the women’s floor gold medal on the final day of artistic gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games.

Englandit is Alice Kinsella finally had individual success cheering at the 2022 Commonwealth Games after winning gold in the women’s floor exercise to complete the artistic gymnastics events.

The 21-year-old had already suffered from heartache in the all-around, with a fall on the beam costing her a place on the podium after winning gold in the team event.

Earlier Tuesday, Kinsella was also forced to settle for fourth place in the balance beam final, but she quickly relegated her previous disappointments to history with a delightful floor routine.

With the highest difficulty score of the day, including a triple twist back somersault she almost completed, Kinsella was visibly emotional after posting a total of 13.366.

Teammate Ondine Achampong previously held the lead at 13.033 before being relegated to silver, and the bronze went to Emily Whitehead of Australia at 13.000.

Emma Spence of Canada delighted the crowd with a great choreography but had to settle for fourth place after scoring 12.966, and WalesPoppy-Grace Stickler (12.566) finished sixth.

Kinsella and Achampong’s medals would complete England’s podium in artistic gymnastics, as neither James Room neither Joe Fraser could make their way to the high bar podium.

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Both men battled through the pain barrier of ankle issues in the closing stages of the tournament, and Fraser managed to complete two difficult release and catch elements on the bar before falling to a simpler third.

Fraser – who already had team, pommel horse and parallel bars golds to his name – dusted himself off to land a difficult double-twisting right-back double somersault, but stumbled a bit on the mat in the middle of his foot injury.

The 23-year-old’s performance was never going to challenge for a medal, but James Hall was largely flawless in his routine save for a slight leg split, eventually finishing fifth at 13.900. Fraser’s 12.266 was only enough for seventh place.

The gold medal went to a delighted Ilias Georgiou of Cyprus, who didn’t feel the pressure to be the last to go as they scored 14.466, toppling Australia Taurus Tyson (14.233) up to the second.

Marios Georgiou (14.133) joins his compatriot on the podium with the bronze medal, but Scotland duo Hamish Carter and Frank Baines the two fell to finish sixth and eighth respectively.

At the end of artistic gymnastics, host country England unsurprisingly dominates the medal table by far, winning 16 medals in total, including 10 of the 14 gold medals on offer.

Australia finished second with nine medals, while Cyprus won six and Canada eight, but the latter nation was unable to win a gold medal in Birmingham. North Ireland won a silver medal in the form of Rhys McClenaghan‘s pommel horse, while Scotland and South Africa each had a solo bronze medal to their name.

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