Mighty Max reaches new heights to take British Championships crown

Max Whitlock was all smiles after his breathtaking victory
Max Whitlock was all smiles after his breathtaking victory

Hemel Hempstead superstar Max Whitlock fired a big warning shot to his Olympic rivals as he set a new personal best score to win the 2016 British Championships all-around title in front a sold out crowd at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

Whitlock performed sensationally to break the 92-mark barrier for the first time with a stunning score of 92.700 to take the title – a huge total that would have been good enough to win both the last Olympic Games and World Championships.

A particular highlight was his pommel horse routine where he scored a 16.250, while the reigning world champion also scored a 16.050 on the floor and an impressive 15.450 on the high bar to make it four gold medals on the day.

Speaking after the event, Whitlock said: “I’m really really happy – preparation went well, the build-up was perfect and that’s my personal best and I’m very happy to do it at the British (Championships).

“I felt good throughout the competition, tried not to get ahead of myself just focussing on the next piece, step by step and I’m happy to have done it on all six pieces on the right day.

“There were two new skills for this year – one on rings and one on parallel bars so it feels great to have got those out.

“I’m very proud of today, I’ve never even hit that score in training and so to do it at such an important championships and win the gold its brilliant.”

Sapphire School of Gymnastics star Gabby Jupp was also back in action on the bars, scoring 14.750 to win gold as she continues her recovery from a string of serious injuries.