‘Hardcore’ Joe Fraser braves the pain to inspire England to gold in electro team gymnastics

Joe Fraser, by all the rules of medical advice, should be sitting on the front sofa with his feet up.

It’s been just five weeks since he ruptured his appendix and three since he broke his foot.

He certainly shouldn’t actually be driving, let alone throwing himself into dizzying gravity-defying spins.

However, it would take more than a second opinion to stop this local hero from performing in front of his home crowd in Birmingham.

Fraser became world champion in 2019 and should be one of the faces of those games. Hopping into the athletes’ village in a protective air boot wasn’t part of this best plan.

But Fraser put excruciating pain aside to help England defend their team gymnastics title as Canada and a shocked Cyprus completed the podium.

And his performances secured his place in four individual apparatus finals, where he will be the favorite to win a few more gold medals against all odds.

“I guess I’m just hardcore, I was adamant that nothing would stop me from competing here,” he joked.

“After rupturing my appendix I worked so hard to get fit again and then I broke my foot, it was probably one of the biggest lows of my career. I was devastated and really sorry to everyone who supported me and my friends and family who bought tickets to be here in the crowd.

Fraser also qualified to all four singles finals in style

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“I thought it wasn’t supposed to be, but the thought of not being here made me try hard to get ready. I’ve had all these adversities but I just had to believe and I’m really proud of myself.

“Standing here as a Commonwealth champion with people I’ve trained with since I was 10, I can’t tell you how it feels.

“This team never stopped supporting me, they were always there and without them I wouldn’t even have managed to get here.”

Team England dominated from start to finish

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Fraser – unable to compete in floor or vault – joined team-mates from four years ago James Hall and Courtney Tulloch, as well as Giarnni Regini-Moran and Jake Jarman to secure a third consecutive gold for the England team to win .

And they will attract plenty of home interest in the apparatus finals, with Fraser’s clash against reigning champion Rhys McClenaghan of Northern Ireland on the pommel horse being one of the highlights.

“You can’t help but be inspired when you see what Joe has done,” Hall said.

“If at some point I go to the gym and have no motivation, all I have to think about is Joe and he makes it happen.”

McClenaghan had been told he would not be able to defend his Commonwealth title after the International Gymnastics Federation ruled the Northern Ireland team could not compete for Ireland at world and European levels because of previous performances.

It sparked a storm of protests, with the Commonwealth Games Northern Ireland accusing the FIG of having acted in “complete disregard” of the Good Friday Agreement.

McClenaghan ousted two-time Olympic champion Max Whitlock on the Gold Coast four years ago and a few months later won the European title in Glasgow.

Now Fraser stands in his way after scoring the best qualifying result for Monday’s final.

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“I feel like I can add a full point to my score,” McClenaghan said.

“It’s still a bit of a fresh new routine that I’m releasing out there, and the construction of it has changed over the past few months. I’m glad I can still get through it from start to finish and that’s what you want to see.

“I’m not sure if I felt any extra pressure, but I always feel some level of pressure and I feel like it’s coming from me more than from the spectators. I did my job and I’m looking forward to the final.”

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