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Men's gymnastics preview - 28 July

28†July†2002

Kanukai Jackson (ENG), fresh from inspiring England to victory in the menís team final on Friday, enters the menís individual all-around final on Sunday as one of the gold medal favourites.

Craig Heap

Craig Heap is looking for more medals

Kanukai Jackson (ENG), fresh from inspiring England to victory in the menís team final on Friday, enters the menís individual all-around final on Sunday as one of the gold medal favourites.

The 24 highest-ranked individuals from the team final, up to a maximum of three per nation, have qualified for the all-around final with Jackson - the 2002 European Championship vault bronze medallist appearing at his first Commonwealth Games - heading the list.

Englandís second representative in the all-around final is Craig Heap, 29, who finished fifth in the individual all-around at the 1998 Games and has twice been the British all-around champion.

England have only won the Commonwealth all-around title once before Ė Neil Thomas in Victoria, Canada, eight years ago.

The all-around gold medal was won four years ago in Kuala Lumpur by Andrei Kravstov (AUS) who isnít in Manchester to defend his title. Instead, Australiaís hopes rest with Philippe Rizzo, 21, and Damian Istria, 19.

Rizzo finished 29th in the all-around competition at the Olympic Games in Sydney and was ranked second, behind Jackson, following Fridayís team final.

David Kikuchi and Alexander Jeltkov fly the flag for Canada having qualified in third and fourth place respectively.

Jeltkov, 24, was outstanding in the team final on the floor and horizontal bar, on which he is defending Commonwealth champion.

Three nations provide the maximum of three competitors for the all-around final Ė Malaysia, South Africa and Wales.

The Welsh trio includes David Muir who, at 15, is the youngest competitor in Sundayís final.

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