Fraser dedicates European title to his British teammates

Joe Fraser dedicated his historic European title to the band of British Gymnastics brothers on a magical night in Munich.

The Birmingham star became the first Briton to win a European all-around gold after winning a remarkable hat-trick of Commonwealth Games titles.

Fraser, 23, ruptured his appendix and fractured his foot in preparation for his home Games but extended his golden summer with a dazzling display last night.

He pulled off a daring gravity-defying high bar routine to keep his cool and beat Turkish gymnasts Ahmet Onder and Adem Asil to win gold at the multi-sport championships.

Fraser said: “I can’t even explain it – I put this team among my brothers.

“I spent more time with them than with my own family, so we know each other inside and out.

“They believed every step of the way at times when I didn’t.

“I always said that one day it would make a big story.

“I don’t know if I really believed in it – I knew I could do it but I made it happen, and I couldn’t have done it without the team.

“It’s amazing – I’m so happy that everyone on the team has put me in the position I’m in today.

“We had a lot of hurdles to overcome, but today I’m here having done six apparatus at the European Championships, which is a feat in itself.

“Walking away with the medal, I’m just delighted.”

His British teammate Jake Jarman, who finished eighth in Thursday’s event after bursting onto the scene with four Commonwealth Games gold medals, added: “To see Joe perform the way he has, especially at because of his injuries, is truly inspiring.

“I don’t know how he does it and I couldn’t be happier for him.”

Fraser has endured some of the most turbulent summers but has shown amazing determination to win four brilliant gold medals in recent weeks.

The 2019 world bars silver medalist led England to team victory in Birmingham before stunning defending champion Rhys McClenaghan on pommel horse.

And he went on to pick up another gold on bars to cap off a remarkable recovery story and delight the home crowd at Arena Birmingham.

These European Championships in Munich marked the next leg of Fraser’s seismic sporting summer and he continued his momentum in style in the blue ribbon event of gymnastics.

He displayed a staggering level of consistency across all six disciplines to rack up an all-around score of 85.565 and narrowly beat Onder for the title.

Fraser, Jarman and teammates James Hall, Giarnni Regini-Moran and Courtney Tulloch will join forces for the team event on Saturday to emulate their Commonwealth title for Team England.

Fraser said: “We are delighted with how today went.

“We made mistakes as a team, myself included, but we know we have things we can work on.

“It will be very exciting.”

Jarman, 20, added: “We all support each other really well – it was daunting to come into the team at first but to be part of it and work so well with the other guys is special.

“We know each other very well and we get along outside the gym as well.

“To be able to compete with friends, we don’t experience that often, so having that team camaraderie and being able to put in an amazing performance means I can’t wait for the team finals.”

The European Multisport Championships Munich 2022, including athletics, beach volleyball, canoe sprint, cycling, gymnastics, table tennis, triathlon, rowing and sport climbing, will take place from 11 to August 21 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Olympic Games in the German city. . Watch daily live coverage on BBC One, Two, Red Button, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website

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