Ireland’s Kieran Behan qualifies for London Test Event Floor Final

Artistic WCh Rotterdam/NED 2010: BEHAN Kieran/IRL

Kieran Behan pulled out all he had for his floor routine at the O2 tonight, luckily he did so as he has earned a place at the Floor event finals later this week. The Irish gymnast who trains at Tolworth Gymnastics Club fist pumped the air as he walked off the floor, knowing he was the boy who had done good. It was an agonizing 3 rotations wait to find out if he had qualified for the floor final on Thursday, and that’s what he did. He says:

“I went for a clean performance but I made silly mistakes at the bars (parallel bars). But I am happy to be here, enjoying the experience and hoping to get into the floor final. My mum and dad are here.”

It wasn’t all a good competition for Behan, parallel bars didn’t go his way mid way through the routine when he didn’t quite get up enough on his upstart.

“I was happy with the others but unhappy with the bars.”

All things considered, he did excellently once he shook the nerves off from P Bars. This is a gymnast who has had only three and a half weeks to prepare for the competition, finding out later than others that he would be vying for an Olympic spot. It’s been a long road for Behan, he has a history of injuries as we have spoken about before and was expected to never perform gymnastics again, let alone walk. So is this qualification at a big event the start of something new for Behan? He sure hopes so:

“Hopefully my luck will change. This is only my second six piece (apparatus) in six years, due to injury. Tokyo was my first (at the world championships in October 2011).”

Kieran will compete in the London 2012 Test Event Floor final on Thursday. Official confirmation of gymnasts who have earned a spot in the London 2012 Olympics have not yet been released, hopefully Kieran will have made it. We will post information once it becomes available from the FIG. We will also be uploading videos of all of Kierans routines. For now here is his High Bar routine:

Leave a comment of congratulations or good luck to Kieran below as we’ll be meeting him later this week for a chat, he’d love to see your comments from home (and abroad). Below are the gymnasts who have qualified to the floor final:



  1. Elizabeth says:

    Congrats all the way from Atlanta, Georgia, USA! Great job today and good luck on floor finals!!! It’s so inspiring to see someone come back from injuries and achieve your dreams! Congrats and GOOD LUCK!

  2. millie kennard says:

    Well done today kieran and good luck in the floor final!! xx

  3. Gilly Carson says:

    Gr8 Performance on Floor today !!! So Happy for You ! Fingers Xd for AA Qualification too !!

  4. Marissa says:

    Congrats Kieran, and good luck! You are amazing and totally deserve to be in the Olympics!

  5. Josh Blakley says:

    Well done Kieran, looks great didn’t get to see the live coverage but seems you did well! Good Luck for Thursday!

  6. Brian Lee says:

    Kieran has now qualified for London Olympics, official
    Well done

  7. Phoebe Gibson says:

    Well done Kieran!!!! you were great yesterday, hope you enjoyed all our cheering and that it kept you going through out the competition!! :) and good luck for thursdays floor final, I am sure you will do very well and will do the club proud!! I am sure we will all be thinking of you at the gym tomorrow!! and again WELL DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Martina Clyne says:

    Well done Kieran! Delighted to read the news in the Irish Times this evening (online from Austria). Enjoy the Olympics experience and congratulations – it must be a dream and plan come true! Its a joy to watch the command you have over your body – stay focused to your task and you will continue to do well!

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