22/11 - Dan Purvis, Sam Hunter, Hannah Whelan and Nicole Hibbert compete amongst the world best gymnasts in the All Around Finals this evening.
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Mustafina and Uchimura crowned Gymnastics World Champions...Dan Purvis 5th, Sam Hunter 9th, Hannah Whelan 16th and Nicole Hibbert 22nd...
China’s Kohei Uchimura dazzled the Rotterdam crowd to comfortably take the Men’s All Around World title scoring 92.331 a whole 2.283 points clear of the chasing pack. Germanys Phillip Boy (90.048) took Silver, despite problems on his last piece, High Bar, meaning he had a nervy wait to secure a medal. America’s Jonathon Horton (89.864) finished in Bronze, with Russian gymnast Maxim Devyatovskiy ruining his podium chances by falling twice on Pommels, his last piece of apparatus.
For Great Britain, once again 2 men in the top ten in the World, Dan Purvis (88.965) finished in a sensational 5th place with Sam Hunter (88.365) in 9th – Britain very firmly established in the World elite.
Dan Purvis: “It’s been an awesome week! I wasn't sure what to expect going into the Final but I thought if I just went clean I would be ok and when I saw I had come in 5th I was amazed. It’s great to know that we are now firmly established amongst the worlds best. I feel a bit of pressure going into tomorrows Floor having qualified in 3rd place and I would love to win a medal but will have to see what happens on the day.”
Sam Hunter: “I knew I always had a chance of a good result and finishing 9th is a great achievement. It’s been a fantastic Championship for the British Team, with four gymnasts in the top 20 and then two in the top 10 in the Final. We have great strength in depth and things look really bright for the future.”
Russian sensation Aliya Mustafina (61.032) took the Women's World All Around title with a superb display of consistency proving too good for China’s Yuyan Jiang (59.998) in Silver and America's Rebecca Bross (58.966) who dramatically fell from Beam, her third piece of apparatus.
Britain's Hannah Whelan put up a great fight but tired towards the end finishing in 16th with teammate Nicole Hibbert improving two places on her qualification ranking to finish in 22nd.
Hannah Whelan: “It was good Final and importantly I went clean on all pieces. I think I started to tire a bit towards the end of the competition having already competed in quails and the Team Final and it caught up with me at the end. Overall it’s been a great week; it’s been hard work, a good laugh and an exciting experience to be part of.”
Tomorrow 23/11 sees Beth Tweddle (Floor), Louis Smith (Pommel), Dan Purvis (Floor) and Imogen Cairns (Vault) take part in the apparatus Finals.