Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Huntingdonshire’s Commonwealth sports stars have returned home with a host of medals.
Friends at Huntingdon Gym, Louis Smith and Dan Keatings, were competing against each other in the hotly-contested pommel horse final at the Glasgow Games, last Thursday.
Keatings, 24, was one of the first gymnasts in the eight-man final and his flawless performance in front of a home crowd scored 16.058.
The Scot’s score piled on the pressure for Smith, who lost momentum in the lead up to his dismount, which disrupted his rhythm. The Olympic gold medallist managed 14.966 to hold on for bronze.
Keatings, who missed out on the London Olympics through injury, faced a nervous wait as he watched the last competitor Max Whitlock, who had won three golds already, but Smith’s England teammate scored 15.966 to take silver.
The gold and bronze pommel horse medals added to Keatings’s double silver for the team and the all round events and Smith’s gold from the team win. Sam Oldham, who used to train at Huntingdon, was also part of the team which won gold.
However, there was not all-round success for Huntingdon gymnasts at Luke Carson, representing Northern Ireland, fell off the pommel horse during his routine in the team event, and South Africa’s Cameron Mackenzie injured his wrist early on in the qualifiers.
St Neots lawn bowler Ellen Falkner added another gold to her medal collection, winning the women’s triples final against Australia to end her disappointment of being knocked out in the quarter-finals of the women’s fours competition. Falkner won gold in the pairs event at the Delhi Games in 2010.
Rachel Dunn could not better the bronze she won in India last time around, as England’s netball team narrowly lost in the semi-final to New Zealand.
In the third place play-off, England’s performance dropped off in the last quarter, allowing Jamaica to seal victory and a bronze medal.