Purvis over the moon with second World Cup crown

10 April 2014 / 17:53

Great Britain gymnast Dan Purvis admitted he had to pinch himself in amazement after being crowned World Cup champion.

Purvis, who helped win team bronze at London 2012, finished fifth in the final World Cup series event in Tokyo last weekend.

And that result was enough for the 23-year-old to finish joint top of the World Cup standings alongside Germany’s Fabien Hambüchen after bronze medals in both Stuttgart and America and a silver in Glasgow.

This is the second time Purvis have been crowned World Cup champion after having done so in 2011 as well.

“I’m really happy to have won the World Cup series across a very high standard of events - it’s great at the end of it to stand on the top of the podium with a gymnastics legend like Fabien Hambuchan,” said Purvis, who saw compatriot Sam Oldham finish seventh in Tokyo while Japan’s Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura took gold.

“To compete in Tokyo alongside Uchimura is a great honour and a brilliant way to end the series.

“Big thanks to my coaches Jeff Brookes and Andrei Popov and to all the British Gymnastics staff and all my supporters – I hope I’ve put a smile on people’s faces!”

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