James Hall hails Fraser after gymnastics team gold


Maidstone’s James Hall paid tribute to teammate Joe Fraser after England won a famous team gymnastics gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

Fraser should, by all standards of medical opinion, be seated up front on the couch with his feet up.

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

Surely he shouldn’t really drive a car, much less engage in dizzying gravity-defying pirouettes.

However, it was going to take more than a second opinion to stop this local boy from appearing in front of his home crowd in Birmingham.

And alongside Hall, Giarnni Regini-Moran, Jake Jarman and Courtney Tulloch, Fraser’s England defended their team gymnastics title, as Canada and a shocked Cyprus completed the podium.

“You can’t help but be inspired when you see what Joe has done,” said Hall, competing at his second Commonwealth Games, who is one of more than 1,100 elite athletes in the program. world-class funded by the UK Sport National Lottery, enabling them to train full-time, have access to the world’s best coaches and benefit from cutting-edge technology, science and medical support.

“If at some point when I walk into the gym and I lack motivation, I just need to think about Joe and he makes it happen.

“I’ve been training with these guys since I was ten, we’re a family, we’ve been there for each other when times are good and times are bad. This one is special, with this local crowd cheering us on, it’s a night I’ll never forget, it’s the best feeling in the world.

However, Hall could have more golden nights ahead at this Commonwealth Games, having qualified to contest the all-around medals and making the high bar and pommel finals.

Four years ago on the Gold Coast he won silver in all-around and high bar, but the 26-year-old isn’t pushing too hard.

“Team gold was always the main goal, we knew we could do it, there was never a shadow of a doubt, even in the face of adversity,” he said. added.

“Whatever happens next, the rest is a bonus. Competing against this team is what matters, being with these guys.

“The individual is everything to you, I’m just going into this all-around final on Sunday to take advantage of it. If there are any mistakes on someone’s part, who knows? The important thing is to enjoy these moments because you’re really missing out.”

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