Claudia Fragapane wins historic fourth gold for England

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Fragapane's gold made her the first Englishwoman to win four in a single Games since 1930 (©GettyImages)
Fragapane's gold made her the first Englishwoman to win four in a single Games since 1930 (©GettyImages).

Gymnast Claudia Fragapane claimed an historic fourth gold medal of Glasgow 2014 on an exciting day nine of the Commonwealth Games.

Fragapane, 16, had already won gold in the vault, the all-around competition and the team event, and added victory in the floor to her collection to become the first Englishwoman to win four golds at a single Commonwealth Games since 1930.

Heading into today's event, Fragapane's final appearance of the Games, as the favourite, she did not disappoint, taking the gold with a score of 14.541, ahead of Australia's Lauren Mitchell (13.833), and Canada's Ellie Black (13.666).

Fragapane now moves to joint first on the list of England's most decorated athletes in Commonwealth history.

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Swimmer Joyce Cooper was the previous woman to achieve the feat, winning her four titles in Canada 84 years ago. They share the record for most golds at a single Games with fencer Bill Hoskyns, in 1958, and shooter Mick Gault, in 1998.

Also in the gymnastics, England's Nile Wilson won gold in the high bars as well as taking silver in the parallel bars.

Wilson, 18, claimed the gold on a tie-break, his higher execution score giving him the edge over his teammate Kristian Thomas. He had earlier taken the silver in the bars, behind Scotland's Dan Purvis.


In the athletics, Steve Lewis claimed yet another gold for Team England as he took the pole vault title at Hampden Park.

Lewis, who has now won every colour of medal in three Commonwealth Games, won in a jump-off against compatriot Luke Cutts to win with a clearance of 5.55 metres.

There was also success for England's women on both the track and field. Isabel Pooley won silver in the high jump, with Lynsey Sharp also finishing second in the 800m. 

The ninth night of the 20th Games also saw the first action for the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt.

The Jamaican, who opted not to compete in the men's 100m and 200m, took part in the 4X100m relay heats, helping his team to win their round one race and progress to tomorrow's final.

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