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Olympic Bronze for Daniel Purvis

2nd August 2012

Olympic athlete Daniel Purvis has made British sporting history with a bronze medal at London 2012, as part of Great Britain's first men's Olympic gymnastics team to win a medal in a century.

The 21 year-old Liverpool-based gymnast has earned praise from British officials for performing “consistently across all disciplines”, although his favourite event is the parallel bars.

Daniel has said recently that he hadn’t “thought too much” about the Olympics or winning a medal, instead focusing on his training.

But since the momentous medals ceremony, Daniel has already been looking ahead to the next Games in Rio.

“It’s been a great experience,” said Daniel. “We’ve come away with a bronze medal and hopefully I’ve got that experience now to take to Rio in 2016.

“I just hope it persuades more people to take up gymnastics in the country. More people seem to be following the sport now, thinking it’s one of the top sports in the country – which it is.”

Both Purvis and teammate Kristian Thomas had problems coming back down to earth from the euphoria of their historic team performance.

“It was hard to come down,” he said.

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