Max Whitlock wins silver at the European Championships

Max Whitlock
Max Whitlock

Hemel Hempstead gymnast Max Whitlock has delivered another excellent display to claim the all-round silver medal at the European Championships in Moscow.

The 20-year-old from Adeyfield wowed the judges with a set of clean routines to finish with a score of 88.398 – a total beaten only by gold medal winner David Belyavskiy of Russia.

The result confirms Max’s status as the number one gymnast in Great Britain and equates to the nation’s best ever all-around European result.

Max had a chance of claiming gold going into the final apparatus, but Belyavskiy delivered a supreme rings routine to take the title.

Oleg Vernaiev of Ukraine then had the opportunity to leapfrog Max into silver-medal position, but he fluffed his lines on the pommel.

Meanwhile, there was frustration for 15-year-old Sapphire gymnast Gabby Jupp as she was forced to withdraw injured from the women’s tournament earlier this week.

She landed awkwardly on her knee in qualifying and is now awaiting a scan to reveal the extent of the damage.

>See next week’s Gazette for a full report.