On Saturday 16 April I competed in my first post injury international since the European Championships in April 2010.
I was a little bit nervous but also excited as I had managed to obtain a wildcard slot at the World Cup in Glasgow. For the first time the Federation of International Gymnastics (FIG) changed the format of its World Cup competition by introducing an all-around competition open only to the top all-around gymnasts from last year”s World Championships in Rotterdam.
The competition was by invitation only and the line up included:
•Daniel Keatings – wildcard 87.396
The competition rotated in Olympic order. Because I only had a wildcard slot I had the added pressure of starting first on every apparatus.
My floor routine went well enough apart from a few landing errors that cost me points for execution scoring 14.4.
Next up was pommel horse, one of my strongest apparatus. But not today unfortunately as I fell mid-routine on my full spindle, and when I restarted I had a few execution errors in the final part of my routine. This cost me dearly as I only scored 13.633.
Next up was rings and apart from a few minor execution errors this went fairly cleanly scoring 14.1.
Next was vault which I was really pleased with and nailed the landing scoring 15.733.
My penultimate apparatus was parallel bars and again I had another solid routine with minimal errors. I also scored the highest pbars score of the competition with 15.1.
The last apparatus was high bar which again apart from a few minor errors was a fairly solid routine and I scored 14.4.
My total score was 87.366 which I was fairly pleased with, as it was my first major competition and I was also two whole marks down on my normal pommel score. This placed me unofficially 4th as I was only a wildcard competitor, so none of my scores actually counted towards the placings in the competition.
In general I was really pleased with my own performance as it was my first competition post injury and because I had the added pressure of being first up on every apparatus.
Congratulations however must go to Daniel Purvis who continued with his excellent form to claim gold ahead of the world silver medallist Philip Boy – just awesome!!