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World Gymnastics 2010: Purvis claims fifth in final

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By Ollie Williams

dan Purvis in action on the parallel bars in Rotterdam
Purvis in action on the parallel bars

Britain's Dan Purvis finished fifth in the men's all-around final at the World Gymnastics in Rotterdam on Friday.

Purvis scored a strong 15.066 on the floor on the way to a total of 88.965 points, 3.366 behind winner Kohei Uchimura of Japan, defending his title.

Fellow Briton Sam Hunter came ninth in the event, in which Daniel Keatings won a silver medal for Britain last year.

In the women's all-around, won by Aliya Mustafina of Russia, GB's Hannah Whelan came 16th and Nicole Hibbert 22nd.

"It's been great, I never dreamed about coming fifth," Purvis told BBC Sport.

"One or two things could have been better but this is a totally different feeling to last year.

"Last year things didn't click into place as much, but this year I've had luck on my side and great coaching."

Whelan said: "I was really happy. I'm up there on beam and floor, I need to tidy them up a bit, but I need to improve on vault and bars.

"This is a good experience having also done qualification and the team final - I can build on this for next year."

Purvis will compete in Saturday's men's floor final having looked extremely competent in the event all week, and his confidence on the apparatus showed as he opened the all-around final.

A score of 15.900 on the vault helped him to fifth place but on the rings, an event not normally favoured by British gymnasts, the 19-year-old Liverpudlian could only score 14.166.

A year or two ago I was thinking about finishing, it's a dream come true to be competing against the best in the world

Sam Hunter

Hunter, 22, produced a score of 15.600 on the vault and gave the Ahoy Arena crowd one of the day's best pommel horse performances, scoring 14.966, on his way to a total of 88.365.

"I qualified in 10th so I improved one place and I'm really happy with myself," said Hunter.

"I was nice and consistent, I didn't try anything risky, it was steady and I came out with a good result.

"I've been injured for a few years so it's great just to be competing again. A year or two ago I was thinking about finishing, it's a dream come true to be competing against the best in the world."

The battle for gold went down to the wire as Japan's Uchimura, performing through the pain of a shoulder injury as he has been all week, held on for gold with 92.331 points.

The winning margin of 2.283 points looks convincing, but it was helped by Russia's Maxim Devyatovskiy falling not once, but twice on the pommel horse, his final event, to score just 11.166.

Devyatovskiy had been in the running for a medal at the time, but found himself finishing in 19th place having scored a total of 86.797.

German's Philipp Boy (90.048) finished in second place behind Uchimura, while America's Jonathan Horton (89.864) finally landed a men's all-around medal, finishing third.

As the women's all-around final began, 18-year-old Whelan successfully negotiated the beam - a source of considerable strife for Britain in Wednesday's team final - to score 14.200, following it with a score of 14 points exactly on the floor.

A vault score of 13.866 let her down slightly, as did 13.433 on the bars, her final event, giving her a total of 55.499.

Hibbert, who does not turn 16 until mid-November, scraped into the all-around final as the last qualifier and showed she has some way to go before she can challenge on the world all-around stage.

She scored 13.400 on the floor and 13.966 on the vault to begin her competition, adding 14.000 from a clean bars routine and 13.200 on beam to give her an overall total of 54.566.

"As it's my first Worlds it was quite good for me," said Hibbert, who goes home with at least one honour having been voted the gymnast with the "funkiest hairstyle" by the World Championships' own magazine.

"My start values are quite low at the moment, I need to get them higher up and do more skills.

"I'm the youngest, I look up to the rest of the team and Hannah did really well."

Mustafina's vault score of 15.666, more than half a point clear of any of her nearest rivals, illustrated her difference in class as she took the women's gold medal.

She scored 61.032 in all, ahead of China's Jiang Yuyan (59.998) and American Rebecca Bross (58.966).

Purvis is joined in Saturday's individual apparatus finals by Olympic bronze medallist Louis Smith on the pommel horse, with Beth Tweddle in the women's uneven bars final and double Commonwealth champion Imogen Cairns in the vault.

"I'm confident for the floor final, I need to get some good rest on my legs and then go for it," said Purvis.

"I feel pressure after qualifying third, but we'll see what happens."

Britain had a world all-around medal last year in Keatings, but he missed the 2010 competition through an injury sustained after May's European Championships.

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