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Gymnast Shines in Pre Olympic World Cup Event

Author: Paul Hall, Huntingdon Gymnastics Club Published: 26th March 2012 16:55

Daniel KeatingsDaniel KeatingsHuntingdon gymnast, Daniel Keatings, moved a step closer to Olympic selection last weekend after competing superbly at the prestigious Cottbus World Cup Tournament in Germany over the weekend.  Keatings, 22, was top qualifier from a field of 50 for the Pommel Horse event that saw many world class gymnasts jostling for positions ready for the Games later this summer.  In the final Keatings held his nerve, producing a quality routine that scored 15.775 for the silver medal, just over a tenth of a mark behind Olympic Champion, Xiao Qin, of China, with Max Whitlock of South Essex taking bronze and improving his own chance of an Olympic berth.

Keatings, who also finished 9th on Parallel bars, was pleased with the result: 'This was an extremely high class field that featured a number of World and Olympic finalists and I'm pleased that my form is improving in the lead up to the summer.  Training is going well and I'm looking forward to what will be a rather hectic few months'.

Club mate Louis Smith has also been busy following his English Performance a fortnight ago that saw him take yet another National Pommel Horse title.  He will compete in the London Open competition next weekend before flying to Central China for a World Cup that will provide the first major test of his routine against some of his Olympic rivals.  Smith and Keatings will then embark on a gruelling round of national training camps, with more Internationals in Switzerland and Slovenia, and the European Championships in Montpelier at the end of May, before the final Olympic selection at the British Championships in Liverpool at the end of June. Head Coach, Paul Hall, was confident that the boys would achieve their objectives:

'This result for Daniel in Germany shows that, like Louis, he has Olympic medal winning potential.  The guys must now concentrate on the job in hand, train hard and effectively and the results will come.'

For more information please contact the British Gymnastics website: http://www.british-gymnastics.org/ or telephone Paul Hall on 07882452649


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