Irish gymnast Kieran Behan fails to make top eight qualifiers
HiSTORIC Irish gymnast Kieran Behan got his Olympic debut off to a great start this morning, but with just two tumbling passes left in his 70 second floor routine it all went wrong.
The Croydon native failed to land his penultimate tumbling pass cleanly and he then blundered on the landing of his final pass which involved an extremely difficult straight triple-twisting somersault.
They were the only two errors on his otherwise clean routine but both cost him valuable marks and his immediate reaction showed he knew his chance was gone.
His score of 13.966 was well below what he needed to make the top eight qualifiers who will go through to contest the individual floor routine next week but until all of this morning's rotations are complete his overall positiion is unknown.
Behan is also competing in the vault in this morning's qualifying but the floor is his best event and he needed a clear routine to have any chance of qualifying among the sport's big guns.
He was competing this morning among a group that included reigning Olympic champions China and the British team, who featured Louis Smith who took individual bronze on the pommel horse in Beijing.