Thursday, July 31st, 2014
It’s been a successful Commonwealth Games for athletes from Bristol with seven golds claimed by Bristolians.
Gymnast Claudia Fragapane from Bristol lit up the games, becoming the first Englishwoman in 84 years to win four gold medals at a single Commonwealth Games.
The 16-year-old claimed her historic fourth gold in the floor event having earlier produced an almighty comeback to claim the all-around gold medal after falling off the beam. She bounced back with a floor routine gaining her 14.733 points, giving her a total of 56.132, with Portishead’s Ruby Harrold having to settle for silver.
Fragapane put in a sensational floor routine to help the England team clinch the team gold medal earlier in the week, also claiming the gold in the vault.
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor has been one of the stars of the Games, claiming a new English record of six swimming medals. The 18 year-old from Bitton, just outside Bristol, broke British and Commonwealth records to take gold in the 200 metres individual medley, to add to her haul of four silvers and one bronze medal.
Lily Owsley (pictured above), from Bristol, starred for the England Hockey ladies team as they won silver following an agonising defeat to Australia on penalties in the final. The 19 year-old, who started her club hockey career for Firebrands in Bristol, scored two superb goals for England. First against New Zealand in the semis and then again in the gold medal game against Australia.
Owsley lofted the ball over the head of the Hockeyroos goalkeeper 13 minutes into the second half and give England a 1-0 lead. Australia then equalised in the final 30 seconds to force the game to penalties, which they won 3-1. The teenager said after the match “I’m absolutely devastated. With time I’m sure we’ll be proud of what we’ve achieved, the support has been incredible.”
Avid Bristol City fan Paul Brown also grabbed himself a medal, helping the England Disability Three's lawn bowls team claim bronze with a 13-12 win over the hosts Scotland.
Bristol born wrestler Leon Rattigan followed up his bronze in Delhi 2010 with another bronze in the men’s 97kg freestyle. The British number one put in a dominant display to defeat Nigeria’s Soso Tamarau 12-2.
Bristol marksman David Luckman claimed two gold medals, triumphing in the individual full-bore rifle Queen’s Prize event with a games record score of 401-42. Earlier in the week he grabbed his first gold in the Queen’s Prize pairs event.
Local sprinter Danny Talbot, from Trowbridge, had the unenviable task of running the final leg of the men's 4x100 metres final on Saturday night. The 23 year-old Bath-based sprinter ran the anchor leg, pitching himself against Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt. Talbot took the baton level with Bolt and put in a strong performance to take the silver.
After the race the runner said “I’m so happy and proud to be a part of a great relay squad! We tried to beat Jamaica but Commonwealth Games silver!!”
Bristol University student Jazmin Sawyers, from Stoke, leapt to an unexpected silver medal in the women's long jump final with a personal best of 6.54m.