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SUPER-DAN'S BACK ON TOP OF WORLD! Crosby gymnast Purvis is best on planet - again!

Byline: DAVID PRENTICE Deputy Head Of Sport

CROSBY gymnast Dan Purvis will go to the Commonwealth Games later this year as the best gymnast in the world.

And the 23-year-old bronze medallist at the London Olympics is on top of the world for a second time!

Purvis was crowned world champion in Tokyo recently, after finishing fifth in the final round of the World Cup event.

After bronze medals in Stuttgart and America and a silver in Glasgow, fifth place in Japan was enough for Daniel to top the overall standings alongside Germany's Fabien Hambuechen. This is the second time Purvis have been crowned World Cup champion after his success in 2011.

"I'm really happy to have won the World Cup series across a very high standard of events," he said. "It's great at the end of it to stand on the top of the podium with a gymnastics legend like Fabien Hambuechen."

Team-mate Sam Oldham finished seventh in Tokyo while Japan's Olympic champion, Kohei Uchimura, took gold.

"To compete in Tokyo alongside Uchimura is a great honour and a brilliant way to end the series," added Purvis.

"Big thanks to my coaches Jeff Brookes and Andrei Popov and to all the British Gymnastics staff and all my supporters - I hope I've put a smile on people's faces!" Purvis went into the Japanese event aware that his overall points total was already unassailable, so he used the competition to try out some new routines.

It was a similar scenario at the recent British Championships in Liverpool where Purvis worked on refining some new elements, but still finished second in the all-round competition and struck gold on the rings.


LORD OF THE RINGS: Dan Purvis (above) with his prized Olympic medal (left)
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:9JAPA
Date:Apr 16, 2014
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