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The English teams grabbed both golds Tuesday at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. Pictured: The English women celebrate their team gold.

The English teams grabbed both golds Tuesday at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

The quadrennial Commonwealth Games are a multi-sport event featuring the countries from around the Commonwealth of Nations (formerly the British Commonwealth), including Australia, Canada, India, South Africa and New Zealand. The individual nations of the United Kingdom compete separately, with teams including England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The 2014 edition includes nearly 5,000 athletes from 71 teams competing in 18 sports. The Commonwealth Games features mostly Olympic sports, but also sports such as cricket and rugby

The gymnastics competition featured a new format for the team event, with the competition divided over two days. It began Monday with the women competing vault and uneven bars, while the men competed floor exercise, pommel horse and still rings.

Among the audience watching on day one were the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – Prince William and Kate Middleton – along with Prince Harry.

The English teams dominated from day one and comfortably grabbed the gold medals Tuesday by significant margins of victory.

The English women's team of Becky Downie, Claudia Fragapone, Ruby Harrold, Kelly Simm and Hannah Whelan won the gold medal over defending champion Australia by nearly 5 points, 167.555-161.646.

"Everyone has come out fighting for each other," said Whelan, a 2008 and 2012 Olympian. "We've had some small errors but we’ve battled through and it means so much to us. I'm very proud of us all; to have won this gold with these girls is definitely one of the most special moments of my career."

Wales won the bronze medal with 160.095, edging Canada (159.563) by just over half a point.

"We all just burst into tears I couldn’t even stand up," Welsh gymnast Jessica Hogg said. "We are so, so proud and excited to have done this for Team Wales.

In the men's competition, England took gold by nearly 10 points over host Scotland, 266.804-257.603. Canada won the bronze with 252.078.

The English squad included four members of Great Britain's bronze medal team from the 2012 Olympic Games – Sam Oldham, Louis Smith, Kristian Thomas and Max Whitlock – and rising star Nile Wilson, who won five gold medals.

Day two began on a sour note for England, as Sam Oldham injured his knee on his vault landing and had to be pulled from the lineup. But the English squad proved unbeatable in Glasgow.

"Today has been a brilliant experience despite what happened to Sam, Smiths said. "We had to concentrate on what we needed to do and it put a bit of pressure on a few of us with three scores to count but we did the job and we’ve had fun doing it. We love the Commonwealth Games and it has been a great experience."

Olympic veterans Dan Purvis and Dan Keatings led the host team to second place with a strong showing.

"This is just awesome," Keatings said. "We are all so proud. We've worked hard together for this medal, there was a bit of pressure but we all rose to the occasion and sued the energy of the crowd. To win a first team medal for our country feels amazing."

Competition continues Wednesday with the men's and women's all-around finals.

External Link: Official Website

2014 Commonwealth Games
July 28-29, Glasgow

Women's TeamVTUBBBFXTotal
1. England 41.899 43.974 41.416 40.266 167.555
2. Australia 39.432 41.566 42.316 38.332 161.646
3. Wales 39.132 41.532 39.866 39.565 160.095
4. Canada 40.399 42.299 37.433 39.432 159.563
5. Scotland 38.132 41.299 36.198 35.966 151.595
6. South Africa 37.365 41.566 37.199 35.233 151.363
7. Singapore 36.899 39.774 34.733 37.166 148.572
8. Malaysia 37.707 40.465 31.499 34.765 144.436
9. Northern Ireland 35.565 38.399 32.366 33.999 140.329
10. Isle of Man 36.999 39.466 30.066 32.949 139.480
11. India 33.757 39.766 28.066 32.765 134.354
12. New Zealand 26.424 41.232 35.365 24.466 127.487
13. Sri Lanka 26.899 37.799 19.733 25.699 110.130
14. Malta 21.232 35.699 16.099 19.600 92.630

Men's TeamFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1. England 45.391 45.066 43.349 44.933 43.466 44.599 266.804
2. Scotland 42.932 41.733 42.575 43.532 43.799 43.032 257.603
3. Canada 42.999 38.665 43.716 42.999 42.166 41.533 252.078
4. Australia 41.665 37.965 41.874 41.915 42.090 41.432 246.941
5. Wales 42.299 40.208 39.832 39.815 39.566 39.665 241.385
6. New Zealand 39.724 38.182 41.133 41.015 40.532 38.065 238.651
7. India 41.666 36.699 41.232 40.274 39.582 36.399 235.852
8. Cyprus 38.666 34.932 39.733 40.148 39.557 40.833 233.869
9. South Africa 40.266 35.798 38.933 41.266 38.532 34.899 229.694
10. Singapore 40.807 34.293 35.332 42.432 38.465 35.507 226.842
11. Isle of Man 37.358 32.899 29.465 37.665 37.508 34.358 209.253

International Gymnast magazine's features on 2014 Commonwealth Games competitors includes:

Australia
"Golden Surprise" - Lauren Mitchell cover photo and profile (January/February 2011)
"10 Questions with Naoya Tsukahara" – interview (September 2013)
"10 Questions with Olivia Vivian" – interview (March 2011)

Canada
"Canadian Diversity" - Ellie Black profile (July/August 2013)
"Black to Business" - Ellie Black interview (November 2012)
"Aiming to Top the Charts" - Maegan Chant interview (October 2013)
Nathan Gafuik interview (July/August 2010)
"Making Tracks" – profile on Scott Morgan of Canada (December 2013)
Isabela Onyshko profile (August 2014)

England
Becky Downie cover photo and interview (June 2014)
"European Brilliance" - interview with Ruby Harrold (September 2013)
Sam Oldham on cover photo collage (July/August 2010)
Oldham interview (June 2010)
"Royal Treatment" - Louis Smith profile (December 2008)
"Divide and Conquer" – interview with Kristian Thomas of England (May 2012)
"Lord Max" – Max Whitlock interview (June 2013)
"Lilleshall: Backstage in Britain" – cover story on British national program (November 2011)

Jamaica
"Jamaican American" – Toni-Ann Williams profile (March 2014)

Malaysia
Lim Heem Wei profile (June 2012)

Northern Ireland
"Shooting Star" - profile on Sarah Beck (January/February 2009)
"Rising Irishman" - profile on Matthew Cosgrave (December 2007)
"Room to Grow" – feature on IG's visit to Salto Gymnastics Club (March 2009)

Scotland
Daniel Keatings interview and center poster (June 2009)
"Nervous Purvis" – Daniel Purvis profile (November 2012)
"Pure Purvis" – Purvis interview (March 2012)
Purvis cover photo (November 2011)

Wales
"Sibling Revelry" - profile on Angel Romaeo of Wales (September 2010)
"Welsh Wisdom" - Raer Theaker profile (October 2013)

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