Driving ban for Corby gymnast Dan Keatings

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Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning gymnast Dan Keatings has admitted travelling at 80mph in a 50mph speed limit.

Daniel Keatings, 24, appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Monday after he was caught speeding in his BMW in Rockingham Road near Kettering on May 30.

The court heard Keatings was followed by a police car for a period of time when he was travelling at a speed of between 80mph and 96mph.

Matthew Thomas, prosecuting, said Keatings was prosecuted on the basis he was travelling at 80mph as “that was the most consistent speed during the circumstances of the offence”.

Keatings, defending himself, said there was “no real reason” for him speeding.

He said: “It was a moment of stupidity. It was a long journey, I was daydreaming. There is no excuse.”

Mr Keatings, who is part of the Great Britain gymnastics squad, said there would be a severe impact on him if he lost his driving licence.

The gymnast, who won a gold medal and two silver medals for Scotland in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, said he travelled 400 miles a week to training in Huntingdon and Wolverhampton and competed in international competitions so needed to drive to airports around the country.

Keatings, who already had three points in his licence for a driving offence in 2012, was disqualified from driving for 21 days.

He was fined £250, must pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £25.