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Commonwealth Games: English teen Fragapane grabs fourth gold


Claudia Fragapane of England performs her floor routine during the women’s gymnastics apparatus final at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Friday. Photo: Reuters

Glasgow: Pint-sized gymnast Claudia Fragapane became England's best performer at a Games in 84 years. The 16-year-old Fragapane who stands at just 4ft 6ins (1.37m) but made history by adding the floor gold to her wins in the vault, individual all-around and team events.

The last Englishwoman to win four gold medals in a single Commonwealth Games was Joyce Cooper at Hamilton in 1930.

"As a child I was so bubbly, jumping around everywhere in my house. My mum just wanted to get me doing something and straight away I just loved gymnastics," said the teenager.

"I like the determination needed and I wanted to progress."

Scotland claimed their 11th title in Glasgow courtesy of their lawn bowls men's fours and gymnast Daniel Purvis in the men's parallel bars. In the pool, Jack Laugher and Chris Mears beat Australia's Grant Nel and Matthew Mitcham in the men's synchronised 3m springboard for England's 45th gold.

Indian duo in final
Australia cruised into the gold medal match of the women's hockey with a 7-1 mauling of South Africa.

The Hockeyroos will face England, who beat New Zealand on penalties, in today's final.

Winners of the gold medal in three of the four competitions since hockey was introduced to the Commonwealth programme, Australia have now scored 32 goals in winning their five games in Glasgow so far.

"I am very satisfied with the performance. Our ability, particularly in the second-half, to finish off our chances was excellent," said Australia coach Adam Commens.  Singapore are guaranteed gold and silver medals in the women's table tennis after Lay Jian Fang failed in her attempt to break their stranglehold.
The Australian 42-year-old's old fashioned "penhold" style could not get the better of second seed Yu Mengyu who won quite comfortably 11-3, 11-8, 11-8, 11-6.

Yu faces her compatriot and world No. 4 Feng Tianwei in the final. But there was an upset in the men's doubles semifinals as Indian pairing Sharath Kamal and Anthony Arputharaj put out second seeds Yang Zi and Zhan Jian from Singapore to spark wild scenes of celebration. Despite that loss, the dominant nation in this sport at this Games are still represented in the final after top seeds Li Hun and Gao Ning beat England's Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford.

James Willstrop, England's losing men's singles finalist, kept alive his hopes of another medal after a closely-fought victory over New Zealanders Lance Beddoes and Paul Coll with partner Daryl Selby. The English third seeds needed 68 minutes to win an exciting quarterfinal 11-8, 6-11, 11-9 to make the last four as the doubles events progressed towards the final stages.

In women's boxing, Nicola Adams says she is full of confidence heading into today's flyweight final where she will be looking to add Glasgow gold to her Olympic title.

The Englishwoman booked a final berth by beating Canada's Mandy Bujold in the semifinal.  Standing between Adams and a gold medal is Northern Ireland's Michaela Walsh after she saw off Pinki Rani of India in their semifinal.

Stripped of gold
Nigerian teenage weightlifter Chika Amalaha was stripped of her gold medal in the women's 53kg category after failing a drugs test.  Papua New Guinea's Dika Toua was promoted to the gold medal position with India's Santoshi Matsa and Swati Singh awarded silver and bronze respectively.

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