As previously posted, Daniel Keatings was part of the commentary team for the BBC’s coverage of the World Gymnastics Championships in October. I really think he did a great job. He seems like a really genuine guy and very nice. In his latest blog post on the Opus Energy Challenge website, Daniel discusses what he calls “The Most Successful Team GB Ever”.
Daniel really had a busy time in Rotterdam, as well as offering support to his Team mates he was part of the delegation who were presenting their bid to host the 2015 Gymnastics World Championships to the FIG and also provided commentary for the BBC. Given that it must have been very hard for him since he couldn’t compete due to injury, he says some really kind words about his team mates in his blog post;
An absolutely amazing day for British Gymnastics. It started with the Men’s Floor competition. The outstanding Daniel Purvis, who was having the competition of his life, secured his first ever world medal by taking bronze on floor – I am so proud of him.
Imogen Cairns finished 8th in the Women’s Vault final, an amazing achievement as she has had a difficult time with injury since Beijing.
Next up, Louis Smith claimed silver in the Pommel Horse final narrowly missing the gold; an awesome performance, especially after his disappointment last year. This left everyone in the commentary box asking the dreaded question – could we really get the full set; gold, silver and bronze?
You bet we could! Beth Tweddle, the Queen of British Gymnastics, had only gone and won the A-bars gold for the second time! Beth is now a Triple World Champion; just how many people can say that?
Read more from Dan’s blog here.
No word on when Dan might compete again though. He returned to training in August and trained in Lilleshall in September with the Worlds Team.