Worlds Today: British MAG face agonizing wait


The British MAG team competed this morning in the first subdivision scoring 348.742. It was a tough competition with some uncharacteristic slip ups from this strong team who should make the top 8 and automatically qualify through to the 2012 Olympics.  One definite positive to come from the competition was that Louis Smith will make the Pommel final, scoring 15.600 for is routine. Currently World Champion Krisztian Berki is in first place with 15.866. Dan Purvis currently lies in 6th place in the All Around rankings.

At 1:30pm British time they will find out their fate, will they have qualified in the top 8 (with China, Russia, Australia, Canada and Korea still to perform) or will they have to try again at the Test Event in January? It looks like the latter right now with the team standings currently as follows:

1. JPN 364.191 2. USA 361.583 3. GER 354.132 4. ROU 350.900 5. UKR 350.434 6. FRA 349.818 7. GBR 348.742

06.00: The British boys made a great start to the competition on rings with powerhouse Ruslan Panteleymonov leading the way with a 14.333 supported by Dan Purvis and Kristian Thomas both with 14.100. From rings to vault and again the British boys all completed clean routines, Dan Purvis proving his all-around credentials early on with a 15.133.

Next up parallel bar and errors started to appear, Dan Keatings with an uncharacteristic slip, but overall the British boys remained composed and at the half way mark were looking on track for a good score.

It was on the high bar that the good work began to unfold, with two falls and difficulties for all except Dan Purvis, the British boys were shaken. Needing to regroup on floor they produced solid work all round, Purvis again the top scorer but all gymnasts going clean and showing fantastic maturity and focus after the high bar.

The last piece was the pommel. Kristian Thomas struggled first up but Sam Oldham in his first senior Worlds took the pressure setting up the way for the big guns – Dan Purvis scored a clean 14.566 to give him an all-around total of 89.132, a brilliant display and clear route through to the all-around final.

Dan Keatings suffered a rare slip whilst traveling between the pommel, the difficulty of his routine showing in his 14.066 score despite this. Last up was Louis Smith, having encouraged his teammates around every piece it was now his turn to contribute and he did so in style, a superb clean 15.600 giving the boys the boost they needed and surely putting Louis into the pommel final.

Via British Gymnastics.

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