BIRMINGHAM – Comments from Gemma FRIZELLE (WAL) after winning gold in the hoop final at Arena Birmingham on Saturday.
Gemma FRIZELLE (WAL) – gold
On her mum getting emotional as she was interviewed in the crowd after her gold medal performance:
“I’m not surprised as she is a very emotional person. She has been through this journey with me so she knows the struggles I have had to go through.”
On her difficulties getting to Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games:
“I have had a lot of injuries in my career so training hasn’t always been easy.
“But a few weeks ago I found out that I had quite a major injury in my back.
“I only started bending a few days before the competition which isn’t ideal in gymnastics.
It’s Commonwealth hoop GOLD for Gemma Frizelle for Wales
Gemma makes history! She becomes the first Welsh gymnast to win hoop gold at the Commonwealth Games
— British Gymnastics (@BritGymnastics) August 6, 2022
“I didn’t think I was going to make it here so just to make it here, then make finals, then to this, incredible.
“I’m still injured, but just working through it. My physios have been amazing. They wouldn’t let me do anything I wasn’t able to do.”
Gemma Frizelle, from @LlanelliRGA, is the first Welsh gymnast to win the GOLD medal in Hoop at a Commonwealth Games
— Welsh Gymnastics (@WelshGymnastics) August 6, 2022
On the song for her performance (Luciano Pavarotti’s Nessun Dorma) being her mother’s favourite song:
“For years and years, since I started competing, every time I’ve got a new routine she’s begged me to have that as my music.
“I’ve refused every time but finally I gave in this year. It was a surprise for her as I didn’t tell her until the first competition she came to watch.
Watch Gemma Frizelle win gold for Wales in the rhythmic gymnastics hoop final on day nine of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham
— BBC Sport Wales (@BBCSportWales) August 6, 2022
On what she was thinking during competition:
“Judging by my coach’s reaction I knew it was a good routine as she was crying.
“I knew it was a good score but it was just waiting for everyone else to go. It was really nerve-wracking.
“I didn’t ever expect this. I can’t believe it to be honest.”