World and European medalist Daniel Keatings (Great Britain) will be back in action for Great Britain Saturday as the FIG World Cup series continues in Glasgow, Scotland.
Daniel Keatings (Great Britain) will be back in action Saturday at the Glasgow Grand Prix
Keatings, who suffered a torn ACL in his right knee one year ago, has secured a Wild Card berth to the all-around tournament. Under the new FIG format, the World Cup series is open to gymnasts based on their results in 2010. Petitioned wild cards also are eligible to compete.
The 21-year-old Keatings has competed in three competitions so far this year in Britain, including a friendly match against France on March 26. He scored a solid 88.050 all-around but was left off Great Britain's squad to last week's European championships in Berlin.
In Glasgow, Keatings will be pitted against new European champion Philipp Boy (Germany) and Olympic silver medalist Jonathan Horton (U.S.). Horton won the American Cup on March 5, the first stage of the FIG World Cup series.
"I am very excited to be able to take part in the Glasgow World Cup and perform amongst the big guys again," Keatings said. "It will be a very strong competition, and I hope that I will be able to do a great job."
Keatings is eager to return to the all-around podium, where he is the most successful British gymnast in history.
"Becoming European champion on the pommel horse in 2010 was my biggest achievement so far, but those silver medals in the all-around of the world championships in London and the European championships in Milan, both in 2009, were the best moments of my career," he said.
Britain's Daniel Purvis and Ukraine's Nikolai Kuksenkov, who tied for the all-around bronze medal in Berlin, also are scheduled for Glasgow. Israel's Alexander Shatilov, France's Cyril Tomassone, Britain's Sam Hunter and Spain's Rafael Martinez round out the field.
The women's field is weakened by the withdrawal of several big names that appeared on the preliminary roster, including Jiang Yuyuan and Huang Qiushuang (China), Lauren Mitchell (Australia), Ana Porgras (Romania) and Tatiana Nabiyeva (Russia).
Germany's Elizabeth Seitz and Romania's Amelia Racea — the respective silver and bronze medalists in Berlin — headline the women's field, which also includes Olympians Jessica Lopez (Venezuela), Hannah Whelan (Great Britain) and Vasiliki Millousi (Greece). Romania's Raluca Haidu, Britain's Jennifer Pinches and Switzerland's Guilia Steingruber round out the field.
Glasgow will play host to the 2014 Commonwealth Games and is bidding for the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships.
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