Purvis secures American Cup bronze to top World Cup rankings

03 March 2014 / 12:38

British gymnast Daniel Purvis is well placed to top the 2013/2014 World Cup series after picking up bronze at the 2014 American Cup in Coopersburg.

All rounder Purvis, who took men’s team bronze at London 2012, finished with a score of 88.899 across the six apparatus with high scores on floor and parallel bards.

It saw him place third behind Japan’s Shogo Nonomura and American winner Sam Mikulak, while British teammate Sam Oldham, also a member of the bronze medal winning team in London, finished eighth.

With a previous bronze and silver medal in Stuttgart and Glasgow respectively, the weekend’s result now moves Purvis to 125 points in the four-event series.

And with just the final World Cup remaining in April, the 23-year-old is feeling confident of topping the rankings for the second time following his success in America.

Purvis said: “It was a really good and fun competition with the American crowd really getting everyone going.

“The field was strong and it was a big test of my form to get into the top three. I tried out a few new skills and was really pleased to see them pay off in competition

“I’m excited to go to Tokyo, the final competition and aim to top the rankings which I did back in 2011.

“I think it will be a bit of a battle between me and Germany’s Fabian Hambuechen but I’m up for it and hopefully can come out on top setting me up really nicely for a big year ahead.”

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