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Great Britain name team for home Worlds

Thursday 15 October 2015

There was great excitement this week, when British Gymnastics announced the gymnasts selected to compete at their ‘home’ World Championships in Glasgow at the SSE Hydro later this month.

Four of Great Britain’s Olympic medal winners from London 2012 will compete in the six strong men’s team, who have Olympic qualification for Rio uppermost in their minds. 2014 World Championship all-around silver medallist Max Whitlock, triple Olympic medal winner and European pommel champion Louis Smith MBE and European floor champion, Kristian Thomas, join Scotsman and British champion Daniel Purvis as they aim for Olympic places. They are joined by European Junior all-around champion Nile Wilson and English all-around champion Brinn Bevan in his first World Championships.

The women’s team will also be sure to wow the crowds, with 2008 Olympian Rebecca Downie, the European bars and beam silver medallist, competing alongside her younger sister Ellie Downie, 2015 European all-around bronze medallist, who makes her World Championships debut. Four time Commonwealth Games champion, Claudia Fragapane, returns to Glasgow with fond memories of the SSE Hydro, as do her teammates World University champion Kelly Simm and triple Commonwealth Games medallist Ruby Harrold. British champion Amy Tinkler, a first year senior like Ellie, also makes her World Championship debut to complete the line-up.

The women’s team traveling reserve will be Charlie Fellows, with the men’s still to be confirmed.
The Great Britain women’s team will feature in subdivision 4 of qualification on Friday October 23rd with the men’s team competing in subdivision 1 on Sunday October 25th.

With nearly 50,000 tickets already sold, both teams will be hoping to enjoy some terrific home support to give them that extra edge, as their Olympic journey begins in earnest in just over a week’s time. However there is still time to book your seat. Will the British men’s team finally make the podium this year, after a fourth place in 2014? Come along and see for yourself on Wednesday 28 October. Also look out for Max Whitlock who aims to contest the medals again this year in the individual all-around final on Friday 30 October.
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