Confident Keatings aiming high at World Championships

02 October 2014 / 17:11

Gymnast Dan Keatings insists he will not be lacking for confidence when he kicks off his 2014 World Championships in China tomorrow.

Keatings is part of a 12-strong British squad in Nanning for the Championships with the six men competing in the team qualification round on Friday.

Performances in that determine whether they reach the team and individual apparatus finals next week, with Keatings joined by Max Whitlock, Kristian Thomas, Dan Purvis, Nile Wilson and senior debutant Courtney Tulloch.

Keatings got the better of Whitlock at this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow when he beat him to gold in the pommel horse while he also picked up two silvers in the team and all-around competitions.

And the 24-year-old Scot, who missed out on London 2012 due to injury, admits the result in front of his home crowd had given him a real boost ahead of trying to secure his first world medal since 2009.

"I was over the moon with that achievement in Glasgow and it gave me so much confidence," 2009 all-around world silver medallist Keatings told BBC Sport.

"It would mean everything to be up there [on the podium] again at the Worlds and show that I'm back on top of my game."

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