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Commonwealth Games 2010: Form guide - gymnastics


Timing is everything in gymnastics, so it is unfortunate that the Commonwealth Games has been shorn of some of its biggest stars because of a timetable clash.

With the World Championships taking place in Rotterdam on 17 October, three days after the Delhi closing ceremony, England's Commonwealth champions Louis Smith and Beth Tweddle, who would have been defending her world title, are both absent.

Imogen Cairns
Cairns missed the 2006 Games because of injury

Scotland's world silver medallist Daniel Keatings is another absentee but such is the strength in depth of British gymnastics at the moment, there are still medal prospects for the home nations.

England's squad includes Imogen Cairns, who won gold and silver at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, is back from serious injury to lead the English challenge, having spent six months on crutches after the Beijing Olympics.

Luke Folwell, who won bronze in the men's team event in 2006, is in action while Reiss Beckford, a 2009 Youth Olympic all-around silver medallist, and Max Whitlock make their senior debuts in Delhi.

Scotland's team is led by Adam Cox, who won bronze on the high bars in 2006 - the country's third-ever Commonwealth medal in gymnastics.

India have a team of 14 and are chasing a first-ever Commonwealth Games gymnastics medal, while Australia and Canada appear to be the biggest threat to the British nations.

Prashanth Sellathurai on the horse
Australia's Sellathurai will benefit from Smith's absence

Australia top the overall medal table with 88 gymnastics medals but they suffered a blow when Phil Rizzo, a 2006 world champion on the horizontal bar, pulled out with a shoulder injury.

He would have become the first Australian gymnast to compete at four Commonwealth Games.

However, they do have 24-year-old Joshua Jefferis - a double gold medal winner at Melbourne 2006 - in their team as well as dual-World medallist Prashanth Sellathurai, who is favourite to win the pommel horse in the absence of England's Smith.

Canada should also feature strongly, although they have named a young team.

Robert Watson is one to watch having reached the all-around final at the recent Youth Olympics in Singapore while Ian Galvan was a member of Alberta's silver-medal-winning men's gymnastics team at the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, Yukon.

A first-ever Commonwealth Games medal in gymnastics is possible for hosts India, whose team is led by Ashish Kumar, the world number 31 in the floor exercise and 44 in the vault.


British champion Francesca 'Frankie' Jones will be competing for Wales while England's Rachel Ennis returns to the team having made her debut in Melbourne, with Francesca Fox and Lynne Hutchison completing the English contingent.

Canadian trio Mariam Chamilova, Demetra Mantcheva and Nerissa Mo are competing at the World Championships in Moscow before heading to Delhi, as are Australia's team of Naazmi Johnston, Janine Murray and Danielle Prince.

Those two teams look like contesting the gold medal in Delhi.

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