09/10/14: Max Whitlock has taken the World Championships all-around silver medal in Nanning, China. The ultimate test of a gymnast, the all-around competition sees them compete over all six men’s apparatus to find the world best gymnasts and Max could only be beaten by Japanese legend Kohei Uchimura who took his 5th straight title.
From his outstanding opening performance on the pommel horse to his twisting tumbles to end on floor, double-Olympic bronze medal winner Max was outstanding throughout to equal Britain’s best ever all-around result by Daniel Keatings back in 2009.
Max replaced original finalist Nile Wilson in the competition, Nile withdrawing a day earlier due to a wrist injury and Max able to fill in as he was also in the top 24 gymnast in qualification – the two per country rule excluding him initially. Daniel Purvis joined Max in the final and also put on a superb consistent performance to place in 11th.
Max said after: “The whole trip has been a roller-coaster. I struggled in qualification and then only learnt yesterday that I was in the final as Nile withdrew. I really can't believe I’m now standing with the World silver. I think I went out and competed with no pressure, form starting on pommel I nailed my bets routine of the week and that set me off. To compete alongside my idol Uchimura is a huge honour and to be on the medal podium with him is very special. It’s been a long year of competitions and this is just unbelievable”
Starting on pommel European champion Max was outstanding, displaying the style and highly difficult moves that have made him such a renowned pommel worker for a world class score of 16.000. On rings Max continued to show his class on one of his less favoured apparatus to score 14.460, following up on vault with a superb triple twisting routine landing dead centre for a terrific 15.366 points. After three of six apparatus that placed Max in 2nd position.
Parallel bars saw Max demonstrate his style and near perfect execution, great body lines and a prefect dismount giving him a very strong score of 14.975. On high bar he had a long wait to begin his routine but remained composed to score a steady 14.200 marks. Max arguably saved his best performance till last, his floor routine packed with twisting tumbles that were all expertly and neatly landed for an impressive score of 15.466 giving him his all-around total of 90.473.
Dan Purvis’s championships have been typified by consistently high class error free displays both in qualifying and the team final. He began strongly on pommel horse not typically his highest scoring apparatus for 14.633 points keeping up his steady start with a strong rings performance with a small hop on his excellent dismount scoring 14. On vault he landed slight just off the centre point to score 14.733. Parallel bars is one of Dan’s stronger apparatus and it showed, his control was exact and dismount stuck to the floor for an impressive 15.100 marks while his high bar landing was also perfect giving him 14.100. On floor he was superb, very precise with his tumbling for 15.133 and an all-around score of 87.699.
The full results can be found here.
The World Championships continue on Friday 10th with the women’s all-around final with Britain’s Ruby Harrold and Claudia Fragapane in action live on the BBC red button from 12pm.