Kinsella and Fraser claim Commonwealth Games golds

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Kinsella and Fraser claim Commonwealth Games golds

Hometown stars Joe Fraser and Alice Kinsella won physical and mental battles to claim Commonwealth Games golds against the odds.

Fraser's appendix ruptured in June, and he fractured his foot just three weeks ago, but he secured his third gold of the Games with a brilliant parallel bar performance.

And Kinsella, in tears after a fall in Sunday's all-around competition, brought Arena Birmingham to its feet with a sparkling display to win the women's floor title - then admitting panic attacks had plagued her preparations.

“When the appendix burst, my dreams were still bigger than three gold medals," said Fraser.

"The broken foot, that made me rethink as that really took me back. I had to change a lot of my training sessions, but I have a mindset where I believe in myself. I’m grateful to be here in front of a home crowd with three golds.

“It’s incredible, competing it your home city, it felt different. I can’t explain the feeling I had out there. If I could, I’d do the whole week again and give the medals back just to feel that buzz of competing in front of Birmingham's fans again.”

This summer, Team England, supported by funding raised by National Lottery players, comprises of over 400 athletes, all vying for medal success.

Kinsella, a bronze medallist at last year's Olympics, leaves the Games with two golds and paid tribute to long-time coach Brett Ince, who has been a rock in her corner in recent weeks.

There were tears again for the 21-year-old from Sutton Coldfield but this time they were tears of happiness - and relief.

“My goal was to come away with more medals, but everything happens for a reason," said Kinsella.

“I wouldn’t be here with this gold medal without Brett. Since I rolled my ankle a couple of months ago, I’ve been having panic attacks on the floor mostly every day doing it.

“It was mentally hard for me. I did the same thing in Tokyo so for that to happen again, the trauma all came back. Now I’m feeling a lot more confident on it.

"Brett just knows me, we’ve known each other for 10 years now. He knows when to leave me alone and when to bring me back up.

“It has all paid off in the end. The all-around final wasn’t my day, it was a goal for me to come away with an all-around medal but it’s gymnastics, you never know what’s going to happen."

England gymnasts have dominated in recent days winning ten out of the 14 golds available, with four won by rising star Jake Jarman, who Fraser has tipped for a massive future.

Jarman, who was talent spotted as a six-year-old swinging on the monkey bars at his local park, was making his major Games debut and won every event he entered.

“He’s the wonderkid, he’s the future of our sport and I’m so proud of everything he’s achieved," said Fraser.

"It’s just the beginning for Jake, the potential that guy has is unmatched and having him in the team will be such a huge asset moving forward.”

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