Purvis defends British title
June 23, 2012 23:05 pm
Daniel Purvis was crowned British senior all-around gymnastics champion for the third straight year after posting a huge score of 91.550 points in the final Olympic trial at Liverpool's Echo Arena.
The 21-year-old from Southport recorded clean routines on all pieces, including 15.750 on an outstanding floor programme, to give the selectors a timely reminder of his talents with the five-man British team for London 2012 due to be announced on July 4.
Purvis said: "It's brilliant to win the title again and with it being the final Olympic trial it's even more special. I felt good out there today and my routines were all clean so it's really encouraging looking ahead to the team selection."
Sam Oldham claimed silver with 90.050, sealing second spot with a solid high-bar routine, with Daniel Keatings (90.700) particularly impressing on the parallel bars and pommel on his way to bronze.
"The event was really close between a lot of the top lads and with three of us scoring over 90 it again proves the amazing talent we have in the squad," Purvis added.
"For me now it's all about waiting for that phone call and just hoping I'm confirmed for the team. My form over the year has been good so it's all looking really positive."
Kristian Thomas (89.550) slipped down to fourth after a fall on the high bars, with Max Whitlock (89.350) fifth and Ruslan Panteyleymonov (86.800) sixth.
Local teenager Rebecca Tunney, 15, delighted the home crowd as she claimed the women's all-around title. Tunney turned in clean performances on all four pieces of apparatus to post a score of 56.750, ahead of Jennifer Pinches on 56.350.
It was a clean sweep for Liverpool on the podium with Hannah Whelan taking third place, scoring 55.800 despite a fall on the beam.
Beth Tweddle, returning from a recent injury, could be happy with top scores on the bars and floor.
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