Thursday, January 12, 2012

Gymnast Behan for London 2012

Kieran Behan - flying high
Gymnast Kieran Behan is the latest addition to the Irish team for London 2012 after finishing 34th position at the London Prepares gymnastics test event.
Behan, born in London of Irish parents,  placed sixth in his specialist floor discipline at the North Greenwich arena on Tuesday night, but had to wait until yesterday to find out whether that it was good enough for an Olympic place.
He is only the second gymnast to qualify for an Olympics; Barry McDonald made the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
Behan, now 22,  has had a tough struggle to the top of his sport.  After the removal of  non-cancerous tumour on his leg when he was 10, he was initially confined to a wheelchair but made a good recovery and, after 15 months, was back in the gym.  
Then aged 12,  he slipped and banged his head while working on the high bar damaging his inner ear and causing black outs if he moved suddenly.
After much rehabilitation, Behan returned to the gym after three years before  rupturing the anterior cruciate ligaments in both of his knees in separate incidents in 2010.
That proved a minor set-back and World Cup series success last year and a solid performance at the World Championships in Tokyo earned him a place at the Olympics test event.

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