Keatings: The hard work paid off for us

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Missing out on the treats that Christmas and the new year offer have been well worth it, according to Olympics-bound Daniel Keatings.

The Corby gymnast was part of the Great Britain team that won the test event at the North Greenwich Arena in London on Tuesday night – a victory that ensured Britain will have a full team at the London Olympics.

Keatings produced his best individual displays since recovering from a serious knee injury while the team as a whole bounced back from their disappointment of not earning qualification the first time around at the World Championships in Tokyo last year.

And the 22-year-old felt he and his team-mates were rewarded for all the hard work that has been done.

“It was an amazing night,” Keatings said.

“It was one thing to win the test event but we won it by a long way and it was even better that we did it in front of a home crowd.

“The aim was to do it in Tokyo but we had a disappointing competition.

“We really pulled together and trained over the festive period.

“We didn’t really break much for Christmas and new year, which meant we missed out on a few treats but it is all worth it now.

“As a squad over the past four years, we have had some fantastic results and I guess everyone is allowed one bad competition and, unfortunately, for us that came in Tokyo.

“But we have bounced back in the perfect way and shown everyone that we are still here.”

The team will now have a couple of weeks to rest before the preparations for the Games which get under way at the end of July.

Keatings added: “We have a bit of time to rest now because we have been training pretty much non-stop since the worlds.

“We are going to Mexico at the end of January to get back in the swing of things and it will be pretty much solid in terms of training from then.

“Even in these couple of weeks we have off we will all be maintaining our fitness.

“Everyone will be wanting to be part of that final team for the Olympics and keeping up the fitness levels at all times is vitally important.”