13/01/12: It was another great day for the British men at the North Greenwich Arena, with Kristian Thomas winning gold on high bar and bronze on the vault. It was a fantastic evening to round of the gymnastics test event with one of the biggest crowds seen throughout the entire competition.
Capping off a brilliant week in which the British men secured a team place at the Olympics, Kristian Thomas was the start of the show from the first piece to the last with the national anthem blaring out to cap a great night.
Men’s vault- Kristian Thomas took the bronze medal after two fantastic vaults including an incredibly high handspring double front for his second he scored and average of 15.849. Ruslan Panteyleymonov finishes in 8th place after he landed awkwardly on his first vault. However he fought back with a solid second vault to score an average of 15.1.
Beam- There were no Brits in the beam final. However it was an exciting final, with surprising falls from both the Chinese girls early on leaving the door open to take the medals. Ferlitto of Italy shared the beam gold with Millousi of Greece; with Makuita of Israel in Bronze.
Parallel bars- Dan Keatings finished 7th in the P Bars final. He completed a safe clean routine and looks to be growing in confidence with every competition. Barron Corral of Mexico took the gold with Zonderland (NED) in silver and Yamamoto (JPN) bronze
Women’s floor- There were again no Brits in the women’s floor. However, it was a fabulous final with stunning choreography mixed with powerful tumbling. Ferrari (ITA) took the gold showing she is full back on form with an impressive opening double twisting double back. Moors (CAN) and Dos Santos (BRA) took joint silver. Dos Santos with an amazing double straight as her third tumble, showing great stamina.
High bar- Krisitan Thomas was joined at the last minute by team mate Dan Purvis, after several withdrawals. Always a thrilling final to watch, it did not disappoint, the Frenchman Willig qualified first but after an unexpected fall the gold was up for grabs. Dan produced a clean, confident performance to score 14.433 and give him 5th - a great result after a last minute step in.
The penultimate performer was Kristian Thomas, who looked to be enjoying the buzz of having the home crowd cheering him on. He pulled out a flawless performance with some incredibly high release and catch skills giving him 14.933 and the gold medal! A brilliant way to round of the championships. London is prepared and our GB men’s squad is ready.
Kristian Thomas: “The atmosphere tonight was just unbelievable! To hear the national anthem playing in the Olympic arena with everyone cheering was a brilliant end to a great week for the whole men’s team.”
Ruslan Panteleymonov: “I just came out here to perform two vaults and hopefully land them, but it didn’t come off. That’s the first time I’ve ever tried a Dragelescu in competition so I’m not too upset that it didn’t work out. Competing in this arena has been amazing, it’s hard to describe, the crowd give you such a huge boost it’s unbelievable.”
Dan Keatings: “It was a good clean performance, the main job has been done this week and anything else is a bonus. I just thought I’d slip in a good safe routine as I’m looking for consistency at the moment.”
Dan Purvis: “I wasn’t expecting to compete today but was called up as reserve late on and I loved it. Every time we compete in this arena the atmosphere is electric and the whole team love every minute of it”