Team England powered to the Commonwealth Games men’s team title with a dominant display on the first day of the Games in Gold Coast. Nile Wilson, Max Whitlock MBE, Courtney Tulloch, James Hall and Dominick Cunningham showed their world class pedigree combining to score 258.959 points for gold.
Nile Wilson said after: “It’s been one of the most incredible experiences I have had. We’ve grown up together and our gymnastics out there today was some of the best I have ever seen. It was so special, to be crowned commonwealth champions is an incredibly proud feeling. There’s more to come, it’s going to be a big weekend!”
Team Scotland unfortunately lost Kelvin Cham to injury early on in their campaign but they rallied well. Hamish Carter, Frank Baines, David Weir and Dan Purvis showed poise and determination to battle on giving the team a score of 240.975 for bronze, with Canada in silver.
Dan Purvis: “It’s an absolutely great feeling to come away with the team bronze after a shaky start. I’m really proud of the boys as we fought back after the vault with three pieces to go so to come in third place on the podium was really unbelievable. I’m unbelievably proud of this team. We dug deep at the end there. It wasn’t over until the last person was on the floor with Frank finishing things off with a fantastic routine."
Team Wales; Jac Davies, Iwan Mepham, Josh Cook, Benjamin Eyre and Clinton Purnell combined to score 235.375 points and finish in 7th place.
Daniel Lee from Jersey competed in the first subdivision of the day. Daniel was very impressive scoring an all-around total of 75.450 points.
For Northern Ireland, Rhys McClenaghan showed his pommel medal potential scoring 14.550 with Ewan McAteer also producing some fine performances competing in the all-around.
The competition also acted as qualifying for all-around and apparatus finals. The Home Nation gymnasts will be represented throughout all of the finals and no doubt in the medals.
Full qualifying results can be found on the official event website.