Gymnast Purvis eager for more success at upcoming Europeans

11 April 2013 / 18:39

Daniel Purvis wants his reputation as a major event performer to keep on growing as he prepares for this month’s European Artistic Gymnastic Championships in Russia.

The 22-year-old has been competitive on every one of his major outings since the 2010 European Championships where he won team silver and bronze on the floor.

Purvis claimed world bronze on the floor later that year while at the 2011 Europeans he took all-around bronze before finishing fourth in the same event against the globe’s finest.

Last year he was part of the British team that won European gold before forming part of the quintet that collected an historic bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics.

Purvis, alongside Sam Oldham, Louis Smith, Kristian Thomas and Max Whitlock, were the first British men’s team to win an Olympic medal since 1912 at London 2012.

This year Purvis has surrendered his British all-around title, won for three years in a row, to Whitlock but claimed World Cup bronze in the event in Tokyo at the weekend.

Purvis earned selection for this month’s European Championships in between and, having medalled at a major championship for the past three years running, he doesn’t want to stop.

“Since 2010, I have really started to get a world status so I am hoping that I can keep that up as much as I can until the next Olympics,” said Purvis.

“It is always hard after an Olympic cycle. It is come quite early in the year but hopefully if I go to the Europeans I can do myself justice.

“If I do it as clean as I did at the British Championships I think everything can go quite well and after the Europeans we have got the World Championships at the end of the year.

“So it is just a case of working on my skills and just trying new stuff and that will hopefully be the base for next year with some new routines, that’s really the main aim.”

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