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GB men qualify for five finals at Gymnastics World Champs

October 2, 2013 13:42 pm

Daniel Purvis insists he couldn’t have asked for a much better start to his 2013 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships assault in Antwerp after he qualified for two finals, with Great Britain’s men set to strut their stuff in five showpieces altogether.

Purvis, along with fellow London 2012 team bronze medallist Max Whitlock, were hoping to advance to the all-around final in Belgium and the pair did exactly that after two days of qualification.

Consistency was the name of the game for 22-year-old Purvis as he qualified in eighth, while Whitlock was just two places further back.

There was more good news for Purvis as he also put his name into the hat for the floor final with a score of 15.266, leaving him to toast a job well done so far.

“The competition went really well in the end and to finish in the top eight in the all-around qualification is a great start,” said Purvis, who claimed floor bronze at the 2010 World Championships.

“To make the floor final was also a big aim of mine coming in to this event so there’s a big sense of relief having made both finals.”

Whitlock was also left celebrating double success as his score of 15.408 on the pommel saw him qualify for that show piece, having won bronze on the apparatus at the London Olympics.

Completing Great Britain’s men’s final representation is Kristian Thomas, another member of the team that won bronze in the capital last year, as he qualified for the vault final in fourth with a score of 14.933.

Thomas just missed out on a spot in the high bar final however as he finished tenth, and it was a similar story for Ashley Watson as he could mark his first World Championships with a final appearance as he narrowly fell short on the parallel bars.

Sam Oldham scored 14.400 on the floor but he too failed to advance, while European pommel champion Daniel Keatings fell mid-routine to miss the final, a fate that also befell Olympic champion Krisztian Berki.

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