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PURVIS MAKES EURO FINAL; Crosby gymnast leads good day for Brits in Moscow GYMNASTICS.

DANIEL PURVIS will join team-mate Max Whitlock in the all-around final of the European Gymnastics championships in Moscow after a good day for the British men's team, who secured eight final places between them.

Crosby's Olympic bronze medallist Purvis scored 84.966 to qualify for the blue ribbon event in eighth place, while Sam Oldham will compete in Saturday's floor final after scoring 15.366, the third highest score of the day, with a sixth-highest score on the high bar ensuring his place in Sunday's final.

Whitlock showed off his all-around credentials after he qualified top of the standings.

The British and English champion scored a total of 89.365 to qualify in first place for tomorrow's all-around final and produced the best floor routine of the day in a strong performance across all six pieces of apparatus.

The 20-year-old Olympic double bronze medallist also ensured his place in the pommel horse final, with his 15.533-scoring routine second only to London 2012 champion Krisztian Berki.

Ashley Watson, who is competing for Great Britain in his first major senior event, will also take part in the high bar competition after he made the grade with a routine which scored 14.633 for eighth place.

Daniel Keatings qualified for the pommel horse final in eighth place with 15.225 and will be looking to regain the title he won in 2010.

Whitlock, who has set himself the target of becoming a key all-around contender on the world stage this year, was pleased with his performance on the first day of the competition.

"For my first major event doing all-around I felt like I really had to prove myself and I'm really happy that I've done that and I've come away with those results," Whitlock said. "My floor and pommel horse routine are always the main focus for me and to do those clean I kind of relaxed for the all-around but I still wanted to keep myself in on all the other pieces so I'm happy.

"I'm looking forward to the final and my target was to get six clean routines so I'm really happy to get that score out of it and if I can do that on Friday I will be really, really happy."

Oldham, who with Watson, Keatings and Theo Seager, was competiting solely for apparatus honours, was satisfied to make two out three finals, with a top eight finish in the pommel horse the only one to elude him.

He said: "I'm really happy it's been a long five months I've been training for this and I'm really happy to have come out with two finals. Going into the finals we'll see what happens, some of the guys can up their routines and I have a bit to add as played it a bit safe today so who knows."

The women's qualifications will take place today, with Gabby Jupp and Ruby Harrold competing for both all-around and apparatus qualification. Becky Downie and Charlie Fellows target the apparatus finals.

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RINGS OF FIRE: Daniel Purvis on the rings and on the horizontal bar at the Men's Qualification of the Artistic Gymnastics European Championships in Moscow
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Apr 18, 2013
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