15 January, 2012

Behan head over heels with Olympic feat:

Kieran Behan: delighted to be Ireland's first gymnastics Olympian 

             Irish gymnast, Kieran Behan, capped a famous week in his career by finishing fourth in the floor final at the London Prepares Series Test Event in Greenwich Arena yesterday.  Having suffered a debilitating illness as a 10 year-old, he spent many months in a wheelchair and it was doubtful that he would ever walk again.  Rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in 2010, combined with a number of other career threatening injuries; makes this 2012 Olympic qualification all the more remarkable.
             The 22 year-old was suitably ecstatic to have met the Olympic qualification criteria.  He finished fourth overall, having been in third place until the very last competitor; narrowly missing out on a medal.  He scored 14.900;  missing out on a medal by 0.500
            Kieran spoke of his excitement and joy at having made London 2012; proclaiming that it'll be the closest thing ever to a home Olympics and that he would make the most of his opportunity:  ""I'll definitely maximise my floor and get a good high start value.  I can't wait for the summer.  Would I like to win a medal?  Of course I would, but whatever happens, happens!"
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