Joe Fraser wins gold in all-around gymnastics at European Championships


Joe Fraser won Britain’s first all-around gymnastics gold at the European Championships in Munich.

Fraser had recovered from a fractured appendix and a broken foot before the Commonwealth Games, where he won the pommel horse and parallel bars individual titles and team gold in his hometown of Birmingham.

The 23-year-old recovered from an average floor exercise to top both the pommel horse and parallel bars events.

Joe Fraser on his way to gold (Pavel Golovkin/AP)


Fraser then showed a fine horizontal bar routine on his final apparatus with a score of 13.700 to secure gold with a total score of 85.565, with Turkish duo Ahmet Onder (85.131) and Adem Asil (84.465) also on the podium.

“It’s incredible. We’ve had a really big journey to get here today, only competed in six apparatus once, not many people thought I could do it,” Fraser told the British Gymnastics website.

“There is no doubt that the all-around medal is the big one. I’ve always loved the all-round when people ask me if I’m an all-rounder and now I feel like I can say that with true confidence and pride.”

Fraser also qualified for the final on pommel and parallel bars, while British teammates Giarnni Regini-Moran (floor, vault and parallel bars), Courtney Tulloch (vault and rings), James Hall (high bar) and Jake Jarman (floor) also qualified prevailed in the individual competitions.

Jake Heyward took silver in the men’s 1500m while Eilish McColgan won bronze in the women’s 5000m at the Olympic Stadium in the evening.

Heyward came through behind Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen, who set a new championship record of three minutes and 32.76 seconds.

Jake Heyward revealed he had been ill leading up to the race (Martin Meissner/AP)


“Of course, winning a silver medal is an incredible achievement, but I’m disappointed that I couldn’t go with him (Ingebrigtsen) and push him for gold – he almost ran a separate race,” said Heyward, who was ill earlier that week .

McColgan, the two-time Commonwealth Games champion and silver medalist in the 10,000m, ran 14 minutes and 59.34 seconds.

Konstanze Klosterhalfen took Germany gold, beating Turkey’s Yasemin Can, the 10,000m champion.

“Everyone thought I was crazy for wanting to do the double or three, but I’ve got four medals and four medals up from where I started the year and I’m just so proud,” McColgan said.

Jazmin Sawyers secured the long jump bronze after scoring 6.80m in her last attempt.

In the 200m, Dina Asher-Smith returned to form to secure her place in the final, winning her run with a run of 22.53 seconds while Jodie Williams also qualified for the final.

Zharnel Hughes, Charlie Dobson and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake all qualified for the men’s 200m final.

Hughes, who won silver in the 100m, was the fastest qualifier in the 200m as he won his run in 20.19 seconds while Dobson (20.21) won the next before Mitchell-Blake (20.34) in the last Heat finished second behind Italian Filippo Tortu.

Earlier Thursday, world 1,500m champion Jake Wightman advanced to the men’s 800m semifinals, where he will be joined by teammates Daniel Rowden and Ben Pattison.

Keely Hodgkinson (center) produced a composed run in her (Martin Meissner/AP)


In the women’s 800m, Olympic, World and Commonwealth silver medalist Keely Hodgkinson won her run and qualified for the semifinals along with teammates Alex Bell and Jemma Reekie.

Jodie Williams ran a season-best 22.92 seconds to lead the qualifiers to the 200m semifinals, but Beth Dobbin was disqualified for a false start.

Daryll Neita, who won bronze in the 100m on Tuesday, decided to retire from the 200m and 4x100m relay to prepare for the rest of the season. Joe Fraser wins gold in all-around gymnastics at European Championships

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