8/12/12: Great Britain’s Daniel Purvis rounded off his incredible year by taking bronze at the 2012 Glasgow World Cup. In front of a capacity crowd at the brand new Emirates Arena, Dan battled for the medals to the very last piece of apparatus and was delighted to clinch the bronze to complete his ‘dream year’.
He said after: “I feel great, it was a tough competition but good fun and a really nice way to end what’s been a dream year for me with the Olympics, European success and British title. It was a fantastic atmosphere today and I think it proved how much the Games really has inspired people and they got behind us a lot. I can’t wait to be back in Glasgow for the Commonwealths and World Championships 2015. The aim for next year is to raise my skills on some pieces, high bar and parallel bars in particular and that should keep right amongst the world’s best.”
Dan continued to show why he is one of the most reliable members of the GBR team with another consistent performance and although he unfortunately began with a fall on the floor, he showed what a true champion he is by picking himself back up and excelling on the other five apparatus to finish on the podium scoring 89.864. Team mate Kristian Thomas finished in 7th (84.897 points) fighting right to the finish where he produced one his best ever floor routines for a massive 15.800 points. Germany’s Marcel Nguyen finished in the top spot with 90.098 adding to his win in Stuttgart last weekend producing a solid all-around performance with Japan’s Kazuhito Tanaka in second (89.998).
In the women’s competition, Niamh Rippin and Rebecca Tunney represented Great Britain. Unfortunately Rebecca had to count a fall on beam after a fantastic vault and bars which pushed her out of the medals but she finished strongly on floor much to the delight of the crowd to finish in 5th place with 54.431. Niamh produced some strong routines to prove she is a contender for 2013, with a solid floor routine to finish in 6th with 53.099. Elizabeth Price from the United States was the overall winner by over 4 marks and dominated the competition starting with her outstanding amanar vault, her total score of 59.165 was a level above her competitors. Elisabeth Seitz (GER) finished in second scoring 54.799 with her teammate Kim Bui in third with 54.732.
1. Elizabeth Price (USA) 59.165
2. Elisabeth Seitz (GER) 54.799
3. Kim Bui (GER) 54.732
4. Vanessa Ferarri (ITA) 54.432
5. Rebecca Tunney (GBR) 54.431
6. Niamh Rippin (GBR) 53.099
7. Wakana Inoue (JPN) 52.765
8. Kaitlyn Hofland (CAN) 52.099
1. Marcel Nguyen (GER) 90.098
2. Kazuhito Tanaka (JPN) 89.998
3. Daniel Purvis (GBR) 89.864
4= Danell Leyva (USA) 88.232
4= Fabian Gonzalez (ESP) 88.232
6. Yusuke Saito (JPN) 87.464
7. Kristian Thomas (GBR) 84.897
Kristian Thomas “It wasn’t really my day today but I enjoyed the competition and loved the crowds reaction – it was a lot of fun out there. To end the year in front of a home crowd is the perfect way to finish, they have made a huge difference to all the British gymnasts this year and we hope it continues into 2013.”
Niamh Rippin “I’m really happy with today’s competitions, last week in Stuttgart didn’t go to plan but today was much better and I think everyone had fun competing in the brilliant new arena.”
Rebecca Tunney “I wasn’t too far of a medal place so I’m pretty satisfied, the fall from beam cost me but like I say I think overall I can be happy. I loved the crowd interaction, to see all the kids cheering us on is such a motivation and makes a big difference to how we perform I think.”
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