Ecstatic Daniel revels in his Commonwealth Games gold

Daniel Keatings produced an outstanding performance to win Commonwealth Games gold

Daniel Keatings produced an outstanding performance to win Commonwealth Games gold

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Daniel Keatings described himself a ‘ecstatic’ having collected Commonwealth Games gold in the pommel horse.

The 24-year-old from Corby wowed the Glasgow crowd with an amazing display as he recorded 16.058 early on in the competition and set a marker none of his rivals was able to match.

He then had to sit and watch as his closest rivals from England, Louis Smith and Max Whitlock, tried their best to catch him.

But, although Whitlock came close, no one was going to stop Keatings from stepping on to the to spot on the podium.

Much to his delight.

“To do it in front my home crowd and produce probably one of the best routines I’ve done, well...” a jubilant Keatings said.

“I upped my game to a 7.2 start and I hit it!. I just had to wait for the rest of the competition.

I’ve had my best results in front of a home crowd and I was happy to do that here.

“I’m just ecstatic with the win.

“All three of us (Keatings, Whitlock and Smith) have got the highest start scores in the world at the moment and the gold could have gone to any one of us.

“It just happened today that it came to me.

“It was such an amazing final and I was just happy to be in the final with these two guys.”

Whitlock, was hoping to claim his fourth gold of these Games, paid tribute to the amazing performance Keatings put in so early on.

“It was such a great final to be a part of.

“Credit to Dan. Scoring a 16 is just huge - especially in front of a home crowd.”