Australia’s Godwin and England’s Jarman take all-around gold, England sweeps team titles at Commonwealth Games

Written by John Crumlish for International Gymnast Online

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Georgia Godwin (AUS)

Australia’s Georgia Godwin and England’s Jake Jarman won all-around gold, and the English women and men swept the team titles, in the July 29-August 2 gymnastics competition at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

The 24-year-old Godwin, who placed second all-around at the 2018 Games in Gold Coast, nearly matched her second-ranked qualifications score to outdo England’s silver medal-winning Ondine Achampong and bronze medal-winning Emma Spence of Canada.

Godwin ended as the most successful female gymnast of the Games, winning two golds and three silvers. She was 13th all-around at the 2017 World Championships in Montreal, 19th all-around at the 2019 Worlds in Stuttgart and 37th all-around in qualifications at last summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Achampong, the 2022 British all-around silver medalist, won silver on balance beam at the 2020 World Cup of Melbourne and bronze on balance beam at the 2021 Challenge Cup of Varna.

Top qualifier Alice Kinsella of England, the defending all-around bronze medalist from the 2018 Games, led after two apparatuses but dropped to fourth afters falls on balance beam and floor exercise.

Achampong, Kinsella, Georgia-Mae Fenton, Claudia Fragapane and Kelly Simm combined to win the women’s team title over silver medalist Australia (Godwin, Romi Brown, Kate McDonald, Breanna Scott and Emily Whitehead). Bronze went to Canada (Spence, Laurie Denommee, Jenna Lalonde, Cassandra Lee and Maya Zonneveld).

Women’s apparatus champions were Godwin on vault, Fenton on uneven bars, McDonald on balance beam and Kinsella on floor exercise.

By just over a half-point, men’s all-around champion Jarman bettered English teammate James Hall, who successfully defended his silver medal from the 2018 Games. Hall qualified first above Jarman to the final, where both men improved upon their qualifications scores. Cyprus’ Marios Georgiou earned bronze, as he did at the 2018 Games.

Jarman finished the Games as the winningest male gymnast after collecting four golds.

Born December 3, 2001, in Peterborough, Jarman trains under coach Ben Howells at Huntington Gymnastics Club. He was a reserve on the British team at last summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, and finished third all-around, first on floor exercise and first on vault at the British Championships this March.

Jake Jarman (ENG)

Jarman took silver on vault at both the 2018 Junior European Championships in Glasgow and the 2019 Challenge Cup of Paris, and was 10th all-around at the 2021 Europeans in Basel.

Jarman, Hall, Joe Fraser, Giarnni Regini-Moran and Courtney Tulloch romped to the men’s team gold over silver medalist Canada (Felix Dolci, Mathys Jalbert, Chris Kaji, Jayson Rampersad and Kenji Tamane). Bronze went to Cyprus (Georgios Angonas, Michalis Chari, Ilias Georgiou, Marios Georgiou and Sokratis Pilakouris).

Having recently recovered from a ruptured appendix and fractured foot, Fraser competed on all apparatuses except for floor exercise and vault. He went on to win gold on pommel horse and parallel bars, and placed fourth on still rings and seventh on horizontal bar, in the apparatus finals.

Fraser was first on parallel bars and eighth all-around at the 2019 Worlds in Stuttgart, and ninth all-around at last summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Men’s apparatus champions were Jarman on floor exercise and vault, Fraser on pommel horse and parallel bars, Tulloch on still rings and Ilias Georgiou of Cyprus on horizontal bar.

2022 Commonwealth Games
Birmingham, England
July 29-August 2

Women

All-Around:

  1. Georgia Godwin AUS 53.55
  2. Ondine Achampong ENG 53.00
  3. Emma Spence CAN 52.35
  4. Alice Kinsella ENG 50.60
  5. Poppy-Grace Stickler WAL 50.20
  6. Naveen Daries RSA 49.85
  7. Laurie Denommee CAN 49.70
  8. Shannon Archer SCO 49.30
  9. Caitlin Rooskrantz RSA 48.35
  10. Jea Maracha WAL 48.10
  11. Nadine Joy Nathan SGP 47.80
  12. Emily Whitehead AUS 47.65

Team:

  1. England 161.10
  2. Australia 158.00
  3. Canada 152.70

Vault:

  1. Georgia Godwin AUS 13.233
  2. Laurie Denommee CAN 13.233*
  3. Shannon Archer SCO 13.083

Uneven Bars:

  1. Georgia-Mae Fenton ENG 13.90
  2. Georgia Godwin AUS 13.50
  3. Caitlin Rooskrantz RSA 13.433

Balance Beam:

  1. Kate McDonald AUS 13.466
  2. Georgia Godwin AUS 13.433
  3. Emma Spence CAN 13.066

Floor Exercise:

  1. Alice Kinsella ENG 13.366
  2. Ondine Achampong ENG 13.033
  3. Emily Whitehead AUS 13.000

Men:

All-Around:

  1. Jake Jarman ENG 83.45
  2. James Hall ENG 82.90
  3. Marios Georgiou CYP 81.75
  4. Felix Dolci CAN 81.55
  5. Pavel Karnejenko SCO 80.65
  6. Daniel Lee JEY 79.45
  7. Frank Baines SCO 79.45
  8. Kenji Tamane CAN 78.15
  9. Ethan Dick NZL 77.50
  10. Jacob Edwards WAL 76.90
  11. Clay Stephens AUS 76.80
  12. Josh Cook WAL 75.90

Team:

  1. England 254.55
  2. Canada 241.20
  3. Cyprus 239.65

Floor Exercise:

  1. Jake Jarman ENG 14.666
  2. Felix Dolci CAN 14.166
  3. Giarnni Regini-Moran ENG 13.966

Pommel Horse:

  1. Joe Fraser ENG 14.833
  2. Rhys McClenaghan NIR 14.133
  3. Jayson Rampersad CAN 14.000

Still Rings:

  1. Courtney Tulloch ENG 14.40
  2. Sokratis Pilakouris CYP 14.300
  3. Chris Kaji CAN 14.266

Vault:

  1. Jake Jarman ENG 14.916
  2. Giarnni Regini-Moran ENG 14.633
  3. James Bacueti AUS 14.283

Parallel Bars:

  1. Joe Fraser ENG 15.000
  2. Giarnni Regini-Moran ENG 14.733
  3. Marios Georgiou CYP 14.533

Horizontal Bar:

  1. Ilias Georgiou CYP 14.666
  2. Tyson Bull AUS 14.233
  3. Marios Georgiou CYP 14.133

*tie broken by highest score of both vaults by either gymnast (which was Godwin’s score of 13.70 for her first vault)

International Gymnast Online’s recent coverage of 2022 Commonwealth Games competitors includes:

World Cup medals give Canada’s Laurie Denommée ‘motivation to be better’

Canada’s Felix Dolci: ‘I know what I want and how to get there’

Great Britain’s Joe Fraser: ‘It’s been one hell of a journey’

GB’s James Hall: ‘I’m now the strongest and fittest I’ve ever been’

Great Britain’s Alice Kinsella: ‘A medal feels absolutely magic’

Great Britain’s Giarnni Regini-Moran: ‘I can’t ask for more’

Australia’s Stephens: ‘An Adventure Without Risk Seems Dull and Pointless, So Here I Am’

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