Daniel Keatings

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Daniel Keatings
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Personal information
Full name Daniel Ryan Keatings
Nickname(s) Dan
Country represented  Great Britain
 Scotland
Born (1990-01-04) 4 January 1990 (age 27)
Kettering, England
Hometown Corby, England
Height 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Discipline Men's artistic gymnastics
Club Huntingdon
Head coach(es) Paul Hall
Assistant coach(es) Ben Howells

Daniel Ryan Keatings (born 4 January 1990 in Kettering, England[1]) is a British artistic gymnast. He trains at the Huntingdon Olympic Gymnastics Club under coach Paul Hall alongside teammate Louis Smith.

Keatings represented Scotland at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and Great Britain at the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, 2009 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships and the 2008 Summer Olympics[2]

In April 2009, Keatings won the all-around silver medal in the European Gymnastics Championships in Milan. He also won the bronze medal in the pommel horse final.[3] In September 2009 Keatings gained a sponsorship deal with business power supplier Opus Energy. The company agreed to cover his competition fees, equipment, and travel costs.[4] During the same year, Daniel also became an official ambassador for premium sports nutrition brand Maximuscle.

On 15 October 2009, Keatings made history when he became the first British gymnast to win a medal in the all-around event at the Artistic World Championships. The event, which was held at the O2 Arena in London, saw Keatings rise to the occasion and record a score of 88.925, taking the silver medal in front of the home crowd.[5]

On 25 April 2010, Keatings made history again when he won Great Britain's first-ever Senior European Championship gold medal on the pommel horse the day after he helped Great Britain to win a historic silver medal in the team competition (their previous highest finish was 9th in 2008).

Returning from an injury, he made a comeback at the 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo. He did not have a good competition in the preliminary rounds, including a fall off the pommel horse and a particularly nasty fall on high bar. He was not the only one of the British men's team to falter, and the team did not qualify through to the team final, finishing in 10th place. In addition, Keatings failed to qualify through to any of the individual event finals.[6]

On 25 March 2012, Daniel competed at the Turnier der Meister FIG Challenge Cup C III Apparatus, Cottbus, Germany. After exceeding all expectations, Daniel reached the final and held his nerve, producing a quality routine that scored 15.775 for the silver medal, just over a tenth of a mark behind the Olympic champion, Xiao Qin of China.

Keatings again represented Scotland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. As part of the Scottish team, he won a silver medal in the team competition on 29 July 2014 [7] and followed this with another silver in the individual all-around final on 30 July. Keatings won gold in the pommel horse final on 31 July with a score of 16.058.

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