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Hannah has the world at his feet

WORLD STAGE: Gabriel Hannah in action on his way to GB selection for the World University Games
WORLD STAGE: Gabriel Hannah in action on his way to GB selection for the World University Games

Rising gymnastic star Gabriel Hannah has the world at his feet after being selected to represent Team GB at the World University Games.

The elite gymnast, from Bury St Edmunds will fly out to South Korea at the end of June in preparation for the games which begin on July 3.

The games are regarded as one of the biggest multi-national sporting events - second to the Olympics - and caps off a remarkable year for the youngster who only turns 20 next week.

Hannah, a first-year student studying mechanical engineering at Loughborough University, said: “It is an absolute honour and privilege to represent my country in such a prestigious event and I can’t wait.

“It’s an amazing feeling and I’m overwhelmed. It will be my first international event for Great Britain and it could open up so many doors for me.

“My target is to make the all-around final and perhaps a potential medal in the vault.”

In order to be selected for Great Britain, the youngster had to take part in three major trials, the frist being at BUCS.

Hannah performed spectacularly, earning him his personal best score, and gaining a second place in the all-around.

His exploits saw him scoop individual titles in the floor, rings and vault, as well as silver in both the pommel horse and parallel bars.

At the English Championships, Hannah finished fifth in the all-around.

But an incredible display saw him become English champion in the vault where he beat Christian Thomas, who was part of the GB Olympic squad of 2012, into second place.

He travelled to Liverpool next to compete at the British Championships, but a slight foot injury sustained from competing at the English restricted him to taking part on the pommel, rings and parallel bars.

On his absence from the vault, Hannah said: “I was gutted I couldn’t compete, as I would have liked to improve on my English title.

“But with the potential of a spot on the team for the World University Games, I couldn’t risk injuring myself even further.”

Hannah intends to build up his strength, stamina and work on his routines in the next few weeks ahead of the games in Gwangju, in South Korea.


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