Max Whitlock become Britain’s first ever men’s world champion - Britain’s Max Whitlock has been crowed the 2015 pommel horse world champion after a sensational routine performed to a packed home crowd at the Hydro Arena in Glasgow.
Max scored a phenomenal 16.133 to take Great Britain’s first ever men’s gymnastics gold at a World Championships with the most difficult routine of the competition. Coming in silver just 0.100 behind was teammate Louis Smith who also wowed the crowd with a truly world class routine. Max also competed in the floor final to take the silver medal with a very impressive routine to score 15.566 with teammate Dan Purvis finishing in 5th.
This gives Great Britain a total of five medals so far making it their most successful World Championships to date.
Max Whitlock was ecstatic after the competition: “To be honest I can't believe it. Making history as a team was very special and to finish this historic week with gold is incredible, it's something I’ve dreamt about for so long and that’s come true today. I’ve had a long week doing a lot of routines, my legs felt a bit like jelly on the floor routine but the crowd there got me through and to win silver behind a legend like Shirai was amazing. There’s no doubt the home crowd has inspired us and we’ve all rose to the occasion. I just want to thank everyone who has supported me, I’m very happy to have done this for everyone, my coach Scott has been incredible and I can’t wait to celebrate with everyone, it’s unbelievable”
Watch Max’s reaction immediately after his performance.
Louis Smith MBE was proud of his teammate and his own achievements: “I’m very pleased and very relieved, it’s been a tough World Championships and importantly we got our main goal getting Rio. What a pommel final, Max deserved the win it was a beautiful routine by him so I’m proud of both of us. I’ve done my job for the team and for myself, there are 7 billion people on the planet and GB are the top two on pommel. The goal for me is Rio; I’ll be fighting to make that team now and working hard every day.”
Watch Louis’s reaction immediately after his performance.
16 year-old Ellie Downie also competed in the women’s vault final. Ellie held her own against the world’s best to place 4th with an average of 14.899. Just a first year senior gymnast, Ellie looks to have a great future ahead of her on this apparatus.
Ruby Harrold was the last competitor of the day for GB, competing in the uneven bars final. Ruby put in an almost flawless performance to finish with 14.766 and 7th place. The gold was a 4-way tie between Komova (RUS), Kocian (USA), Spiridonova (RUS) and Fan (CHN) all girls scoring 15.366, something that has never been seen before.
The 2015 World Gymnastics Championships continue tomorrow with the final day of competition. Great Britain is represented by Claudia Fragapane and Ellie Downie in the women’s floor final and Nile Wilson in the men’s parallel bars final. Tune in to BBC Two from 1.30pm to watch the action live.