Purvis delighted with World Gymnastics Championships start

03 October 2014 / 18:26

Daniel Purvis was left toasting a job well done as Great Britain’s male gymnasts got their 2014 World Championships off to fine start in Nanning, China.

The team of Olympians Purvis, Max Whitlock, Dan Keatings and Kristian Thomas and World Championship debutants Nile Wilson and Courtney Tulloch scored a total of 357.193 points to place in second spot behind China after day one of the two-day men’s team qualification.

With the top eight countries making it into Tuesday’s finals Great Britain will be confident of progressing as they chase an historic first ever World Championship team medal.

Purvis competed on all six apparatus and finished with an all-around score of 88.706 points, with Wilson racking up 88.233 and Whitlock just behind with 88.198.

“It’s not always the case that you come off the floor at the end of a competition happy but I can definitely say that today, “ Purvis said.

“It was all about competing the best routines for the team and I felt I did that, making the all-around is a massive bonus.

“As a team we are really well prepared and that showed as everyone made a big contribution, having said that we know we can do even better and with a clean start in the team finals we’ll all be going out there to chase a medal for GB.”

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