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Gymnast Max Whitlock wins Olympic gold in men’s pommel horse for Team GB

Written by on 01/08/2021

Gymnast Max Whitlock has won gold for Team GB in the men’s pommel horse at the Tokyo Olympics.

The defending Olympic champion produced a stunning performance with a complex routine to record a huge score of 15.583.

The 28-year-old, who was the first athlete to take to the apparatus in the competition, punched his fist after his dismount.

Max Whitlock competes in the men's pommel horse final
Image: Whitlock, the defending Olympic champion, performed a complex routine
Max Whitlock competes in the men's pommel horse

He was then forced to wait as the rest of his rivals tried and failed to match his total, with Chinese Taipei’s Chih Kai Lee coming closest on 15.4, and Japan’s Kazuma Kaya Kohei Kameyama taking bronze.

Ireland’s Rhys McClenaghan, who qualified with the joint top score alongside Lee, came off the apparatus early and missed out on a medal.

Whitlock was already Team GB’s most successful Olympic gymnast after winning two gold medals and a bronze at Rio 2016 and two bronzes at London 2012.

The gymnast from Hertfordshire made history at the Rio Games when he won Great Britain’s first medal in the all-around event for 108 years.

At those Games, he also became the first British gold medallist in artistic gymnastics with victory in the floor and pommel horse events.

 Sky News

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