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GYMNASTICS: Whitlock wins third gold

England's Max Whitlock on the podium with his gold medal after the Men's Floor Final

England's Max Whitlock on the podium with his gold medal after the Men's Floor Final

 

England’s Max Whitlock won his third gold of the Commonwealth Games as he was crowned men’s floor champion at the SSE Hydro on Thursday.

Whitlock claimed the title with a score of 15.533 after a near-faultless routine which was full of flair, finishing ahead of Canada’s Scott Morgan who took silver with 15.133 while 14.550 gave New Zealand’s David Bishop bronze.

The 21-year-old Englishman added the top floor accolade to Tuesday’s team gold and Wednesday’s all-around title, with finals on the pommel horse, rings and parallel bars still to come.

Bishop was first on the floor and tumbled well to set a strong early target, before Wales’ Clinton Purnell moved into second place with a tally of 14.366.

England’s Kristian Thomas missed out on the chance to add to the team gold he won on Tuesday as he bounced out of bounds with one of his opening tumbles, but the stage was then set for Whitlock who performed a dazzling twisting routine to take the lead.

Whitlock’s routine was a cut above the rest, although Dan Keatings’ crowd-pleasing performance looked to put him under pressure before it was awarded a lower score of 14.533.

That put Keatings into bronze medal position, but the medal was snatched from his grasp thanks to last gymnast Morgan, who took silver with a well-executed routine.

In the women’s vault final, England’s Claudia Fragapane won gold - her third of the Games so far after she claimed team and all-around gold earlier in the week.

Each gymnast completed two vaults with the average of both scores calculated to form their total.

Australia’s Georgia-Rose Brown was the first on the apparatus and she achieved an average score of 13.833 from her two attempts.

Home favourite Emma White was up next and the Scottish gymnast scored 13.550 after a big step forward on her second vault to slot in behind Brown.

South Africa’s Kirsten Beckett moved into top spot before England’s Kelly Simm edged ahead with an average of 14.199.

Canada’s Elsabeth Black impressed in her two vaults, with both scoring 14.433, to move into gold medal position before countrywoman Maegan Chant achieved 14.233 to sit in silver.

The penultimate gymnast was India’s Dipa Karmakar, who moved into second place after a huge handspring double front second vault with a 7.000 difficulty (15.100) on her way to a total of 14.366.

England’s Fragapane, who was the top qualifier and fresh from winning all-around gold, was the last gymnast to compete.

The 16-year-old scored 14.766 on vault one before her second effort of 14.500 gave her an average of 14.633 and propelled her to the top of the standings.

 

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