Daniel Purvis: Team GB's 2012 Olympic medallist announces retirement

Daniel Purvis
Daniel Purvis won Commonwealth gold for Scotland in the parallel bars in 2014

London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Daniel Purvis has announced his retirement from gymnastics.

The 28-year-old was a key figure in the men's team that won a historic medal in London - Great Britain's first Olympic medal in the sport for 100 years.

The Southport-based gymnast also won Commonwealth gold for Scotland, along with team silver for Britain at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow.

He won 16 major international medals during a career spanning 10 years.

That included a European Championship team gold achieved in the build-up to the 2012 Olympics.

Team GB - also featuring Louis Smith, Sam Oldham, Kristian Thomas and Max Whitlock - initially claimed silver at their home Games before an appeal by Japan.

"Retirement was on my mind after 2016," Purvis told Scottish Gymnastics. "I thought the next one I would do would be the Commonwealth Games to represent Scotland and if I could have a good Commonwealths, I could go out proudly after that.

"It's been hard to comprehend and get around to it. You still feel like a gymnast so it will take a little bit of adjusting."

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