Mighty Max revels in ‘crazy’ night as Team GB claim historic silver

Great Britain's silver medal winners. From the left are Kristian Thomas, Max Whitlock, James Hall, Nile Wilson, Brinn Bevan, Daniel Purvis and Louis Smith. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire.
Great Britain's silver medal winners. From the left are Kristian Thomas, Max Whitlock, James Hall, Nile Wilson, Brinn Bevan, Daniel Purvis and Louis Smith. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

Max Whitlock believes British gymnastics is as strong as it has ever been, after his heroics earned Team GB its first ever men’s team medal at the World Championships.

The 22-year-old was the star for the British side – who also claimed an Olympic bronze in the same event back in 2012 – as he competed in all six rotations at the all-around final in Glasgow, putting down one stunning routine after another.

But he saved the best for last with a massive score of 15.766 on the floor to haul Britain into the silver medal position from fourth, after both the USA and defending champions China faltered on their final routines.

And Whitlock admitted his emotions were running high at the end after a roller coaster evening of action.

“Waiting for those final scores was crazy,” he said. “You don’t get that feeling often but when you finish a routine it’s just about waiting and hoping for a big score.

“There was pressure but I didn’t know any other scores of the other countries, so when they came up I couldn’t believe it.

“It’s an honour to be a part of this and compete alongside these guys. It’s the strongest team we have ever had and I think we showed that tonight.

“I knew what my job was and what I had to do, and the amount of support we had got us through. The crowd were every bit as good as the Commonwealth Games last year which was incredible.”

Whitlock is a two-time Olympic medallist having taken pommel bronze in London as well as helping Britain to third on the podium in the team event.

And he says there could be plenty more success for Britain when Rio 2016 rolls around next summer.

“I think coming from bronze in the Olympics it gave us an insight into what we could do and we knew that,” he added.

“It’s the strongest team we have ever had and I think we showed that tonight and I think confidence is massively high now.”

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