Purvis has medals in his sights at European Championships

16 April 2015 / 20:58

Daniel Purvis believes he will be right up there battling for a medal after leading Great Britain’s men’s charge at the European Gymnastics Championships in Montpellier.

After the women booked themselves a maximum ten final spots on the opening day of action in France, 24 hours later it was the turn of the men.

And there was no doubting who the star of the show was, Purvis scoring 86.731 points over the six apparatus to advance to the all-around final in third place.

Purvis will be joined in the showpiece by Sam Oldham after he scored 85.098, with Great Britain’s men progressing to several individual apparatus finals.

Oldham was second in the high bar standings and will be looking to top his two previous silver medals, whilst Louis Smith’s return to action in a GB vest saw the triple Olympic medallist top the rankings on pommel. 

Kristian Thomas makes the floor, vault and high bar final to cap a memorable qualification performance for him whilst Courtney Tulloch powered his way to the rings top eight.

“I'm really happy to have gone through clean,” Purvis said. “It was difficult just making the team; that was a big challenge with the competition amongst the British boys.

“I was quite nervous going in to it but I stayed steady, a mistake on vault but a decent score that I know I can add to. In the final I can be right up there."

Meanwhile Smith, who claimed two medals at London 2012 and has only just returned to competition, admitted his delight at being back in the mix.

“This is half the job done, I’m very happy to have made the final,” Smith said. “Wearing the GBR leotard again is a very proud moment for me and proves all my hard work has been worth it.

“In the final there always a chance, if I do my routine cleanly then I’m capable of medals, that’s all I need to do focus on my routine and let’s see what happens.”

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