Keatings Takes Bronze in Doha (2008) - British Gymnastics

Keatings Takes Bronze in Doha (2008)

podium.jpg The first  Artistic Gymnastics World Cup  event  for the season, held 5th March 2008 

 

Amid one of the toughest Pommels final’s of any world level competition Great Britain’s Daniel Keatings (Huntingdon) circles through to win bronze medal with 15.650 just 0.05 points ahead of Hungary’s Kristian Berki and Romania’s Daniel Popescu. 

 


 

Some impressive displays were also shown by Australia’s Prashanth Sellathurai who won with 16.075 and a routine that seems to hit turbo; and by China’s Zhang Hongtao in 2nd scoring 15.950 with a rock solid no nonsense approach.

 

Keatings executed an improved performance from qualification the previous day to prove he has great potential for continuing success and Olympic promise. His triple Russian circles between the handles seeming to float effortlessly in from one end of the horse and out to the other.

 

Competing in the same final was club mate Louis Smith who finished a highly commendable 6th place having just missed reaching handstand with his scissor element resulting in the move being devalued. Despite this Smith performed a classy routine, and one which with continued work will really shine.

 

Smith, like Keatings at only 18 years old, is showing remarkable consistency in his pommel work and a dependable characteristic for “staying on” despite the varying pressure and environment of competition. Both gymnasts are clearly motoring along, helped in no small way by their coach Paul Hall who is doing an excellent job shaping their development in the pursuit of that Olympic dream.

 

The question is, have they a hidden reserve to come into play and that steadfast resolve to raise the difficulty score for that world beating routine?

 

Andrew Webb

 

Doha World Cup 2008 – Pommels Finals Results

 

1

Prashanth Sellathurai

AUS

16.075

2

Zhang Hongtao

CHI

15.950

3 Daniel Keatings GBR 15.650

4

Kristian Berki

HUN

15.600

5

Daniel Popescu

ROM

15.600

6 Louis Smith GBR 15.575

7

Robert Seligman

CRO

15.475

8

Guo Weiyang

CHI

15.075


In the same competition, Liverpool’s Hannah Whelan performed well on the international stage, finishing 8th in both the Beam and Floor finals.

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