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SOLD OUT International Gymnastics, Glasgow Grand Prix

19/11/2010
International Gymnastics Glasgow Grand Prix

Friday 19 November (Free Qualifications)  

Saturday, 20 November (SOLD OUT Finals)


Glasgow World Cup qualifier tournament the International Gymnastics Glasgow Grand Prix guarantees yet another world class event and selling out with over a week to go shows the popularity of the competition in Glasgow. Those who missed out on a ticket for the finals can catch it live on Sky Sports 3 from 13:30pm onSaturday 20th November.


Top prospects of the 28 nations representing all five continents will compete in the 14th edition of this world-renowned tournament. 

34 of the 71 male and 20 of the 25 female gymnasts in the List competed at the recent World Championships in Rotterdam (16/24 October).

The constellation of stars which will land in Glasgow on November 19/20, is headed by the new World Champions on FloorLauren Mitchell (AUS) and Eleftherios Kosmidis (GRE) and the Russian Team Champion and European
Champion on Vault Ekaterina Kurbatova.  The 2009 World Champion on P. Bars, WANG Guanyin (CHN) will also
compete in Glasgow.    

The 2010 World medallists Louis Smith (GBR), Silver on Pommels and Daniel Purvis (Bronze on Floor) will challenge for the top prizes with the World Finalists Imogen Cairns (GBR), Vault; Alexander Shatilov (ISR), Floor; Donna Donny Truyens (BEL), Pommels; Saso Bertoncelj (SLO), Pommels; Andrey Isaev (UKR) and Jeffrey Wammes (NED)- Vault and Samuel Piasecky (SVK), P. Bars. 

The other British representatives who contributed to the recent phenomenal GBR success at the World Championships have good chances to reach Finals and to win medals: 

Men:       Theo Seager (Floor, Rings, Vault, P. Bars and High Bar) and Ruslan Panteleymonov (Floor, Rings, Vault, High Bar)
Women:  Hannah Whelan (Beam and Floor)  and Jennifer Pinches (Vault and Floor). 

Gymnasts with excellent achievements in this year’s World Cup series and potential medallists in Glasgow are: 

Floor:     Enrique Tomas Gonzales Sepulveda (CHI), Tomislav Markovic (CRO), Wajdi Bouallegue (TUN);

Pommels:     Hongtao ZHANG (CHN), Robert Seligman (CRO), Alberto Busnari (ITA);

Rings:     Junlin Liao (CHN); Samir Ait Said and Danny Piheiro-Rodrigues (FRA), Matteo Angoletti (ITA), Aleksander Balandin and Konstantin Pluzhnikov (RUS); Irodotos Georgallas (CYP); 

Vault:    Evgeny Sapronenko (LAT), Tomi Tuuha (FIN); Marius Berbecar (ROM); 

P. Bars:    Mitja Petkovsek (SLO), Vasileos Tsolakidis (GRE), Hamilton Sabot (FRA); 

High Bar:     Aljaz Pegan and Alen Dimic (SLO), Ovidiu Buidoso (ROM), Marijo Moznik (CRO), Marco Baldauf (AUT)

Half of the 20 women taking part in Glasgow, including Lauren Mitchell (AUS), will compete on all four apparatus. Special attention should be given to Liufang Wu from China and the Russian Anna Myzdrikova (2009 European Silver medallist on Floor). Other gymnasts prefer to focus on their “speciality” apparatus:  Marine Petit (FRA), Beam and Floor, Marta Pihan-Kulesza (POL), A. Bars, Beam and Floor; Monika Frandofert (POL), Floor; Tjasa Kysseleff (SLO), Vault. 


NOTES FOR THE EDITOR:

HISTORY:

Thirteen years ago, the City of Glasgow produced the courage and the cash to bring many of the finest World Class Gymnastics to Scotland as part of the 1997-1998 Grand Prix series of competitions, along with Stuttgart GER, Zurich SUI and Cottbus GER.  The Grand Prix Series brought to Gymnastics Prize Money and a Ranking List. 

What the famous old Kelvin Hall witnessed on 24-26 October 1997 served as an important stepping-stone to the City’s new sporting image. In 1999 the competition was recognised by the FIG as a World Cup event. 

There is hardly a mega-calibre international gymnast who has not competed in Glasgow-some, before they’ve become Olympic, World, or European Champions and others, after they have been crowned.


2010 COMPETITION FORMAT:

Competition 3 (Apparatus Finals) only. The Men compete individually on six pieces of apparatus; no all-around (floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar), and the Women on four (vault, asymmetric bars, beam and floor).  

Glasgow 2010 will be the last World Cup event to see only Apparatus specialists for Men and Women. According to the latest changes of the FIG World Cup rules, the Competition format in 2011 will change and Glasgow will host an All-around event (Competition 2), instead of Apparatus Finals (Competition 3), as it has been over the past 13 years.

Glasgow 2010 will be the last FIG World Cup event for the year, following Montreal (CAN), Cottbus (GER), and Doha (QAT) in March, Paris (FRA) in April; Maribor (SLO) and Moscow (RUS) in May, Porto (POR) in June, Gent (BEL), Kiev (UKR) and Ostrava (CZE) in September, and Osijek (CRO) and Stuttgart (GER), earlier in November. 

SCOTS IN GLASGOW:

Scottish gymnasts, who have represented Great Britain in this prestigious event so far, have been: 
- Steve Frew, 2002 Commonwealth Games Champion on Rings; 
- Barry Collie, 2002 Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist on Vault;
- Adam Cox, 2006 Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist on High Bar and 
- Daniel Keatings, 2009 World Silver All-around medallist and Olympic All-around finalist in Beijing. 
- The “Local Boy” in 2010 will be Daniel Purvis – 2010 World Bronze medallist on Floor, 5th All-around and 7th with the British Team in Rotterdam; 2008 European Junior Team Champion and Silver All-around medallist in Lausanne (SUI) and 2010 European Silver medallist with the British Men’s Senior Team in Birmingham.  

GBR ACHIVEMENTS IN ROTTERDAM 2010 WORLD CHAMPIONSHPS:

Both our Men and Women reached the Team Finals for the first time in the history of the World Championships and both took 7th place.

Four Finals and a full set of medals:  Beth Tweddle- Gold medal on A. Bars, Louis Smith- Silver on Pommel Horse; Daniel Purvis- Bronze on Floor; Imogen Cairns- 8th place in the Vault Final

Two British Men and two British Women in the Individual All-around Finals:  Daniel Purvis- 5th, Sam Hunter- 9th, Hannah Whelan- 16th and Nicole Hibbert-22nd.

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