Purvis and Tinkler crowned British all-around champions

28 March 2015 / 21:38

Daniel Purvis admitted it was a relief to prove that age is nothing but a number after getting his hands back on the senior all-around men’s title at the British Championships at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

Purvis last won the British all-around title back in 2012 and reclaimed top spot with an overall score of 88.500.

Fellow Scot and 2012 Junior European champion Frank Baines took the silver medal with a score of 86.350, while Same Oldham completed the podium in third place.

And after rediscovering the view from the top step of the podium 24-year-old Purvis was grinning from ear to ear.

“I’m really, really happy to be the champion again,” he said. “When you get older and see these incredible young gymnasts coming through you begin to doubt yourself.

“So to again be British champion is really satisfying. The energy I got from the home crowd was unbelievable, really out there with any competition I’ve ever done. It definitely helped me to the title.”

The women’s all-around title was claimed by first year senior and current English champion Amy Tinkler with a score of 56.650.

“It's amazing I can't believe it,” Tinkler said. “To be honest I would have just been happy to go through my routines cleanly but to win is just unreal.

“The support I've had from coaches, friends, teammates everyone has been incredible an absolute dream come.

“To go from junior to senior champion I can believe it, I'm excited to now hopefully be selected for the European Championships and just continue improving.”

Claudia Fragapane took the silver medal with a score of 55.550, while Ellie Downie took gold with 54.950.

Meanwhile, the day also doubled up as the men’s apparatus finals. On the floor, Daniel Purvis and Kristian Thomas tied for first with 15.300 and therefore tied for the title.

On the pommel horse it was Max Whitlock and Oldham who tied for silver as Louis Smith took the title.

On the rings Purvis successfully took the title with 14.950 ahead of Oldham in silver and Thomas in bronze.

Thomas continued his strong competition by taking the vault title with 15.050; Dominick Cunningham took the silver with 14.825 and Harry Carter picked up bronze with 13.675.

Ashley Watson took the parallel bars crown with a very strong performance score 15.450. Purvis was then not far behind in silver with 15.350 and in the bronze spot was Baines with 15.150.

Finally on the horizontal bar, Thomas took his third title of the day with a 15.300. Baines took another silver with 14.900, with Brinn Bevan taking bronze with 14.550.

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