Claudia Fragapane

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Claudia Fragapane
2015 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships - Floor - Medalists 09.jpg
Personal information
Nickname(s) Frags, Pocket Rocket
Country represented  Great Britain
 England
Born (1997-10-24) 24 October 1997 (age 19)
Bristol, United Kingdom
Height 140 cm (4 ft 7 in)[1]
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior international elite
Club Bristol Hawks
Head coach(es) Helen Potter, Rory Weavers
Music 2013–2014: Shake Break Bounce by The Chemical Brothers
2015–2016: Papa's Got a Brand New Pigbag by Pigbag

Claudia Fragapane (pron. CLAH-oo-dee-ah Frag-uh-PAH-nee,[2] born 24 October 1997 in Bristol)[3] is a British artistic gymnast.[4][5] She came to prominence at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where she was the first English woman to win four gold medals since 1930.[6] In 2015, Fragapane was part of the women's gymnastics team that won Great Britain's first-ever team medal, a bronze, at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.[7] She competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[8]

Early life[edit]

Fragapane grew up in Bristol, where she attended St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School.[9] She started gymnastics at age six.[1]

Senior career[edit]

2014[edit]

At the British national championships in 2014, Fragapane placed 2nd on vault with a score of 14.000, 5th on floor exercise (13.000), and 3rd on uneven bars (13.950). She finished third in the all-around competition with a total score of 55.700,[10] and was selected to compete at the European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

At the European Championships, she contributed to Britain's silver-medal performance in the team competition. Individually, she qualified for the vault and floor exercise finals, finishing 6th and 8th, respectively, with scores of 14.333 (vault) and 14.133 (floor).[11]

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Fragapane competed on all four events in the team final, where the English team won gold.[12] She qualified first into the all-around final with a score of 56.740, more than a point and a half ahead of the second-place qualifier Ellie Black of Canada.[13] She also qualified first on balance beam,[14] vault,[15] and floor.[16] Fragapane won the individual all-around final with a score of 56.132,[17] and the women's vault final with a score of 14.633.[18] On 1 August, she won the floor final with a score of 14.541.[19] With four gold medals in a single competition, Fragapane was England's most successful female Commonwealth Games competitor in over 80 years.[5]

In October, Fragapane competed at the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, where she helped the British women qualify into the team finals in 4th place. Individually, she qualified for the all-around in 13th place with a score of 55.999, despite a fall on the balance beam. She also qualified for the floor final in 6th place (14.400) and the vault final in 7th place (14.716).

In the team final, she contributed a vault score of 14.466 and a floor score of 14.533 towards the British team's 6th-place finish. In the individual all-around final, she placed 10th with a total score of 56.098. In the vault final, she scored 14.716 and tied for 5th place with Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland. In the floor final, a fall and a step out of bounds put her in 8th place with a score of 13.100.

After Fragapane's success in 2014, she was named BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year, edging out para-cyclist Sophie Thornhill and golfer Bradley Neil.

2015[edit]

Fragapane on balance beam at the 2015 European Championships

Fragapane competed at the 2015 American Cup in Arlington, Texas.[20][21] She struggled throughout the competition, counting numerous falls,[22] and finished 9th.[23] A week later, she competed at the English Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Loughborough, where she scored 54.900 all-around.[24]

At the 2015 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Montpellier, France, Fragapane placed 6th in the all-around final,[25] 6th in the vault final,[26] 4th on the beam,[27] and 2nd in the floor final, behind Ksenia Afanasyeva of Russia.[28]

In October, Fragapane was part of the gymnastics team that won Great Britain's first-ever team medal, a bronze, at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.[7]

2016[edit]

In March 2016, Fragapane won the all-around title and three event titles at the 2016 English Championships in Loughborough.[29] In July, she was named to Great Britain's women's gymnastics team for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, along with Becky Downie, Ellie Downie, Ruby Harrold, and Amy Tinkler.[30]

At the Olympics, Fragapane fell on uneven bars and balance beam in the qualifications round and narrowly missed the cut for the individual all-around final.[31] Great Britain finished fifth in the team final.[32]

2017[edit]

At the 2017 European Gymnastics Championships Fragapane qualified for the Balance Beam and Floor finals, finishing 8th and 7th respectively.

Fragapane qualified in fourth for the floor final at the 2017 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships with a score of 13.933 before winning bronze in the final, her first individual medal at the championships, with the same score as in qualifying behind Mai Murakami of Japan, and Jade Carey of the US.

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

On 20 August 2016, it was revealed that Fragapane would participate in the 2016 series of the popular reality TV competition show Strictly Come Dancing. She was partnered with A. J. Pritchard. The couple reached the semi-finals but were eliminated on 11 December 2016, thus finishing in 4th place overall.

Aged 18 at the time, Fragapane was the second youngest celebrity ever to participate, the youngest having been actress Louisa Lytton who was 17 when she competed in 2006. She is also the first female Olympic gymnast to compete on the show, the first gymnast having been Series 10 champion Louis Smith.[33]

Competitive history[edit]

Fragapane on vault at the 2015 European Championships
Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2011 English Junior Championships 5th 4th 6th 4th
British Junior Championships 8th 3rd 6th
Isle of Man International 1st 1st
UK School Games 2nd 7th 6th 7th
2012 Coupe Avenir 1st 1st
British Junior Championships 5th 2nd 4th 5th
2013 Élite Gym Massilia 3rd 6th 5th
Gymnasiade 3rd 7th 5th 7th 6th 5th
2014 English Championships 3rd 1st 4th 4th
British Championships 3rd 2nd 3rd 5th
Munich Friendly 1st
GBR-NED International Friendly 1st 9th
European Championships 2nd 6th 8th
Commonwealth Games 1st 1st 1st 5th 1st
World Championships 6th 10th 5th 8th
2015 AT&T American Cup 9th
English Championships 2nd 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
British Championships 2nd 1st 3rd 3rd 2nd
European Championships 6th 6th 4th 2nd
GBR-NED International Friendly 1st
World Championships 3rd 7th
2016 Glasgow World Cup 3rd
English Championships 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st
European Championships 2nd 5th 4th
Olympic Games 5th
2017 British Championships 2nd
English Championships 1st 1st
European Championships 8th 7th
World Championships 3rd

References[edit]

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