Keatings sets his sights on a world medal

Corby's Daniel Keatings is targeting a medal in the pommel horse at the World Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp
Corby's Daniel Keatings is targeting a medal in the pommel horse at the World Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp
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Corby’s Daniel Keatings has his eyes firmly locked on a medal in the pommel horse after he was selected in the Great Britain team for the World Gymnastics Championships later this month.

The event takes place in Antwerp, Belgium on September 30 with Keatings set to compete only in the pommel while being joined by double Olympic medalist Max Whitlock, Daniel Purvis, Sam Oldham, Kristian Thomas and Ashley Watson.

And, as he is the reigning European pommel horse champion, Keatings has high hopes for the Worlds.

“I am really happy I have been selected for worlds,” Keatings said.

“I’m only doing the pommel there because I hurt my knee about a month ago so only trialled for that.

“Obviously, being the European champion, I am hoping to get to the final and medal.”

It is an exciting time for Keatings, who is currently training for the competition at Lilleshall.

Next year’s Commonwealth Games are being held in his home country of Scotland and his face has been emblazoned across posters publicising the event in Glasgow.

He admits being the ‘poster boy’ does bring extra pressure but he is hoping he can thrive on that when the time comes.

Keatings added: “It’s awesome being the poster boy for Commonwealth Games but it does come with added pressure because everyone’s eyes will be on me when the time comes.

“It’s also a massive privilege as there’s so many big names in Scottish sport as well.

“But it’s makes me more excited than ever because I thrive under more pressure.”