Max Whitlock makes history with pommel horse gold for Great Britain

Published: Saturday 31st October 2015 by The News Editor

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Max Whitlock won pommel horse gold at the Gymnastics World Championships in Glasgow – securing a piece of history for Great Britain in the process.

In taking the medal, the 22-year-old became the first British male to ever win a gold in the World Championships and things got even better as team-mate Louis Smith took silver.

Whitlock had already secured a team silver but missed out on a mdeal in the all-round final on Friday, finishing fifth after taking a gall on the high-bar.

He came back to form with another silver on the floor on Saturday morning before adding his historic gold later in the day.

Great Britain were already guaranteed to end their wait for a male gold as Smith sat first in the standings ahead of Whitlock’s performance – with the Hertfordshire-born athlete the last to take to the horse.

He scored 16.133 points to beat fellow London 2012 bronze medallist Smith by 0.1 points.

Whitlock praised Smith’s performance as the pair helped Great Britain reach five medals – their best ever tally for a World Championships.

“I had dreamed of this moment but never felt I would get emotional,” Whitlock told BBC Sport.

“Louis did an amazing job to get a massive 16 so to beat that I am over the moon. Starting with the silver as a team, everyone has been on such a high. We could not ask for anything better and now we are world champions.”

Beth Tweddle is the only other British gymnast to claim a gold at the World Championships, doing so three times in her career, and she sent a congratulatory Tweet to Whitlock after he joined her in a very select club.

“Great Britain have a new World Champion congratulations @maxwhitlock1 @2015WGC,” she wrote.

There was another first at the Hydro Arena as the women’s uneven bars ended in an unprescendented four-way tie for gold.

The Russian pair of Viktoria Komova and Daria Spiridonova scored 15.366 – as did the United States’ Madison Kocian and Fan Yilin of China.

Published: Saturday 31st October 2015 by The News Editor

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