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2013 Glasgow World Cup - a success​ all round

​Scotland’s Dan Purvis earned his second medal in six days in Glasgow at the weekend – then revealed he has one eye on more success at the Commonwealth Games.

The gymnast picked up silver at the 2013 Glasgow World Cup in front of a sold-out 5,500 crowd at the Emirates Arena on Saturday. This was added to the bronze Purvis claimed in the Stuttgart round of the World Cup series the previous weekend.

The 23-year-old had led the way through most of the competition in front of a roaring home crowd. But Ukranian star Oleg Verniaiev clawed his way back and took gold with a narrow points victory in the final routine.

Purvis was delighted with the performance and has sights on a return to action at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

He said: “It was a really good competition and a great battle between me and Verniaiev. He is a brilliant gymnast and I really enjoyed fighting it out with him to the end.

“The crowd were amazing, showing so much support for everyone. Competing in front of a home crowd is always special and with the Commonwealth Games and World Championships (2015) to come I’m really looking forward to competing in Glasgow again in the future.

“Overall it’s been a good year for me and to end with silver from this World Cup and bronze from last weekend is a good way to finish 2013.”

The women’s competition also went down to the wire, with 17-year-old Larisa Iordache, of Romania, eventually taking the Glasgow crown from reigning champion, Elizabeth Price, from the USA.

Meanwhile, Italian Vanessa Ferrari earned bronze and British teenagers Ruby Harrold and Raer Theaker claimed 7th and 8th spots respectively. 

Andriy Likhovitskiy, of Belarus, took the bronze in the men’s competition, with Brit Sam Oldham in 7th.

The men’s competition included six routines on the floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars, and horizontal bar, while the women’s comprised of the vault, uneven bars, beam and floor.

Purvis got off to a flier and topped the men’s leaderboard after the first four routines, but Ukrainian Verniaiev peaked on his strongest apparatus, the parallel bars, and also scored high on the final horizontal bar routine.

Glasgow Life, which operates the Emirates Arena, worked alongside British Gymnastics and EventScotland to bring the prestigious tournament to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games venue over the past two years.

Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life and Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, said: “Congratulations to Dan on deservedly winning a silver medal in front of a home crowd, and also to all the other incredibly talented gymnasts who put on a phenomenal show for thousands of spectators.

“We are proud to have hosted such a prestigious competition in the city once again and I look forward to it returning next year. Of course, we will also warmly welcome back those who go on to star at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games next summer.

“The following year Glasgow has the honour of hosting the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships and preparations are already well underway to guarantee the event is equally as successful as the Glasgow World Cup.”
   

Final names confirmed for 2013 Glasgow World Cup

Great Britain’s Raer Theaker and Germany's 2012 Olympian Andreas Toba have been confirmed as the final competitors to complete the star studded line-up of gymnasts for the 2013 Glasgow World Cup.

16-year-old Raer is one of Britain’s most promising young stars competing in her first year as a senior and is excited about the prospect of competing in Glasgow, saying: “I'm really excited to compete against some of the best gymnasts in the world and to be in front of a passionate home crowd, I think it will be good experience for me for future competitions and I hope to do well to end the year on a high. It is a great honour to be competing for GB in Glasgow; I competed there last year in the Northern European Championships and the crowd were so supportive, I have learnt a lot this year about preparing for big events so it will be good to put it into practice – I can’t wait.”

Full line up 

Women
Vanessa Ferrari (ITA) - 2006 World Champion (all-around) and two time Olympian  
Elizabeth Price (USA) - Two-time 2012 World Cup Champion (Stuttgart & Glasgow)
Ruby Harrold (GBR) - 2013 World Championships finalist (uneven bars)
Carlotta Ferlito (ITA) - 2011 European silver medallist (beam) and 2012 Olympian
Roxana Popa Nedlecu (ESP) - 6th at the 2013 European Championships  (all-around)
Asuka Teramoto (JPN) - 2013 Tokyo World Cup Champion (all-around)
Larisa Iordache (ROU) - Team bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games & 2013 European Beam Champion 
Raer Theaker (GBR) - Represented GBR at the 2012 Junior European Championships


Men
Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) - Bronze medallist, 2013 European Championships (all-around) 
Andre Likhovitskiy (BLR) - 4th at the 2013 European Championships (high bar)
Fabian Gonzalez (ESP) - 9th at the London 2012 Olympic Games (all-around)
Daniel Purvis (GBR) - Team bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games and 2011 Glasgow World Cup Champion 
John Orozco (USA) - Bronze medallist at the 2013 World Championships (parallel bars)
Sam Oldham (GBR) - Team bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Masayoshi Yamamoto (JPN) - 6th at the 2013 Japan Championships (high bar)
Andreas Toba (GER) - Member of the German London 2012 Olympic team


2013 Glasgow World Cup gymnasts announced

Britain’s finest artistic gymnasts will take on the world’s best at the 2013 Glasgow World Cup as the full line-ups reveal a star-studded cast of competitors for the event on December 7th at Emirates Arena. 

Leading the British campaign for World Cup glory will be Scotsman Daniel Purvis and his Olympic team bronze medal winning compatriot Sam Oldham, whilst on the women’s side Ruby Harrold one of the most talked about gymnasts on the world scene, will aim to end her year on a high note.

Facing up to the British contingent will be the 2012 World Cup champion Elizabeth Price, who returns with US teammate and World Championship parallel bars bronze medal winner John Orozco. Two-time Olympian and former all-around World Champion Vanessa Ferrari from Italy and Romania’s 17 year old sensation Larisa Iordache will also be ones to watch out for in the women’s event. The men’s field will also include the 2013 European all-around bronze medal winner Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine and Belarus’s Andre Likhovitskiy, who placed 4th on high bar, just behind Sam Oldham at the 2013 European Championships.

Dan Purvis is looking forward to being back on home soil and competing in front of a passionate Scottish crowd ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games,

“I’m so happy to be competing in the Glasgow World Cup once again in my home country, it’s going to be a great atmosphere like last year I’m sure. It’s also great to have the event ahead of the Commonwealth Games next year; hopefully it will get everybody in the spirit.”

The all-around competition sees the male gymnasts compete across six apparatus and the women over four, with every routine counting to the final total. The event takes place on the 7th of December at Emirates Arena, Glasgow, with a new compact competition format that offers spectators non-stop action throughout a single mixed session between 1.00pm and 5.00pm.  

Full line up 

Women
Vanessa Ferrari (ITA) - 2006 World Champion (all-around) and two time Olympian  
Elizabeth Price (USA) - Two-time 2012 World Cup Champion (Stuttgart & Glasgow)
Ruby Harrold (GBR) - 2013 World Championships finalist (uneven bars)
Carlotta Ferlito (ITA) - 2011 European silver medallist (beam) and 2012 Olympian
Roxana Popa Nedlecu (ESP) - 6th at the 2013 European Championships  (all-around)
Asuka Teramoto (JPN) - 2013 Tokyo World Cup Champion (all-around)
Larisa Iordache (ROU) - Team bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games & 2013 European Beam Champion 

Men
Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) - Bronze medallist, 2013 European Championships (all-around) 
Andre Likhovitskiy (BLR) - 4th at the 2013 European Championships (high bar)
Fabian Gonzalez (ESP) - 9th at the London 2012 Olympic Games (all-around)
Daniel Purvis (GBR) - Team bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games and 2011 Glasgow World Cup Champion 
John Orozco (USA) - Bronze medallist at the 2013 World Championships (parallel bars)
Sam Oldham (GBR) - Team bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Masayoshi Yamamoto (JPN) - 6th at the 2013 Japan Championships (high bar)

*The 8th competitors for both the men and the women will be announced next week. 


New format & ticket release date announced

7th March 2013

Tickets for the 2013 Glasgow World Cup Gymnastics will go on sale 4th April 2013 and spectators can look forward to a new, compact event format. 

Following a hugely successful sold out event in 2012, demand for tickets for the 7th December round at the Emirates Arena expected to rocket with a new non-stop action format. 

The world's top 8 male and female all-around gymnasts will compete in Glasgow in a compact three and a half hour mixed session. Featuring non-stop gymnastics action from start to finish, a 5,000 capacity crowd is anticipated once again. 

Ticket holders from 2012 plus followers of the Glasgow World Cup on Facebook and twitter will have the advantage of priority access to tickets. A special pre-sale for these audiences will start on 21st March 2013 as gymnastics fans in the UK unite at the British Championships in Liverpool. 

To be one of the first to secure your tickets for Glasgow World Cup 2013 follow us on Facebook or Twitter​


Meet Team GB Gymnastic Stars at Glasgow World Cup

To celebrate a sensational year, Team GB's Olympian heroes will be attending 
the 2012 Glasgow World Cup Gymnastics to meet fans and cheer on their competing team-mates.

Beth Tweddle, Sam Oldham, Jennifer Pinches, Imogen Cairns and Hannah Whelan will all be at the Emirates Arena on December 8th to give ticket holders the opportunity to get some Olympian autographs.

Doors will now open at the earlier time of 11.30am so be there sharp, as there will be a very special performance by 3 time World Champion and Olympic bronze medal winner Beth Tweddle to officially open the World Cup.

Plus, during the interval, you will get the chance to see the gymnasts of Team GB - Kristian Thomas, Rebecca Tunney and Daniel Purvis - reunited on stage with teammates once more for a group interview in front of the sell out audience. Purvis, who hails from Southport and competes for Scotland through his parents, has been called up as replacement for Brazilian gymnast Sergio Sasaki Junior. Dan won the event in 2011 and is looking forward to returning to action on home soil after a 2012 to remember.​


Scotsman Purvis added to Glasgow line-up

Olympic bronze medallist Daniel Purvis has been added to the line-up for the forthcoming artistic gymnastics Glasgow World Cup held on December 8th at the Emirates Arena.

Dan who hails from Southport and competes for Scotland through his parents, has been called up as replacement for Brazilian gymnast Sergio Sasaki Junior. Dan won the event in 2011 and is looking forward to returning to action on home soil after a 2012 to remember.

Dan said: “I’m really excited to be competing in Glasgow again - it’s the prefect end to an amazing year. The Olympics was the most incredible experience of my life and a huge part of that was down to the support of the home fans and I know it will be the same at the World Cup especially with it being in the brand new Emirates Arena. Last year I was fortunate enough to win the competition and I’ll be doing my best to be right up there again this time but looking at the amazing line-up I know it will be a big test.”

Dan joins fellow Team GB bronze medal winner Kristian Thomas, Olympian Rebecca Tunney and Niamh Rippin to complete the home field.

In another late change to the entry this time in the women’s competition, Romania’s Larisa Iordache has been replaced by Germany’s Kim Bui.

Following the action

Tickets for the 2012 World Cup were in high demand and have already sold out, setting up what is sure to be a fantastic atmosphere in the brand new Emirates Arena. The BBC will be streaming the World Cup live on the BBC Sport website with a full highlights programme on 15th December from 1pm - 3pm on BBC One. Radio 5 live will also be broadcasting live from the arena on the day following a gymnastics special to be aired on December 6th from 7.30pm - 9pm.


Beth Tweddle to turn on Glasgow's Christmas Lights

As Glasgow World Cup Gymnastics draws near, spectators at the sold out Glasgow Christmas Lights switch on are in for very special treat. Gymnastics legend Beth Tweddle will attend to help flip the switch on the festive lights as part of the promotion for the Glasgow World Cup and the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships.
 
The evening kicks off with a fantastic pommel horse display from 2014 Commonwealth Games prospects Kevin Cham and Ryan McKee from City of Glasgow Gymnastics Club. They will display their talents and give us a sneak preview of what to expect at the Glasgow World Cup event.
 
There are only a limited number of tickets left for the World Cup, so make sure you don't miss out. Book online or phone 0141 353 8000 to book tickets.
 
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