Daniel Keatings has announced his retirement, but he definitely left his mark on British gymnastics.
One year after wining the all-around gold at the 2008 European Junior Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland (pictured), Keatings, coached by Paul Hall at Huntingdon Olympic Gymnastics Club, became the first Brit to win a World Championships all-around medal when he placed second to Kohei Uchimura in London. His successful competitive strategy relied on clean execution over risky routines.
Following is what Keatings, 27, remembers from the 2009 Worlds.
“I qualified in fourth place with a fall on the pommel, so I knew there was a good shout of a medal in the final if I could go six for six clean. I had an awesome competition and remember finishing my high bar dismount, smiling as I landed, because I knew I had done it.
“It was my first full year as a senior gymnast and had just came second in the all-around at the Europeans in Milan, so there was expectation for me to do well and hopefully get a top five finish. But as I was still young, I didn't put any pressure on myself and just went out there and enjoyed it.”