Purvis saves best for last to claim all-around Euro bronze

17 April 2015 / 21:23

Daniel Purvis believes he rose to the challenge of being selected for the all-around in style after clinching bronze in a thrilling final at the European Gymnastics Championships in Montpellier.

Heading into the final apparatus just .007 points off third, Purvis produced a stunning pommel horse routine to record a score of 14.566 and claim bronze with a total of 87.423.

Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine won gold and Russian David Belyavskiy took silver, while Britain’s Sam Oldham finished sixth, despite an impressive showing in the high bar.

Purvis also scored highly in the floor and parallel bars, making no major errors on his way to a second European all-around medal, having also taken bronze in 2011.

While the 24-year-old admits he was unsure exactly how tightly poised the competition was before the final round, he believes he thrived under the pressure.

"This means so much to me, to be selected to do all around for Great Britain is a big challenge and to have this medal round me neck is amazing,” said Purvis.

“There's some really strong young talent coming through so I've had to work really hard to stay up.

“My maths isn't the best but I knew I needed to end well on pommel and it worked out, I'm really happy.”

Oldham added: “I’m disappointed with the parallel bars, which cost me a lot but really pleased with how I pulled it back, especially on the high bar.

“I’m incredibly happy to have made these championships and now the focus is on the high bar and I’m looking forward to Sunday.”

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