Olympic Champion Max Whitlock MBE has announced that he is targeting the 2017 World Championships as his main goal for this year as he works on returning to competitive action following his historic performances in Rio.
Max has only recently returned to full time training and is focused on upgrading and fine-tuning his routines to continue to challenge the World’s best gymnasts in this new Olympic cycle. He has taken the decision to stagger his return to major Championship action in order to ensure he is fully prepared with all of his routines in place. He will aim to be in top condition ahead of trials for the British team for the 2017 World Championships taking place in the Autumn; meaning he will not compete at the British Championships in March or be in contention for the London World Cup or Gymnastics and European Championships in April. He will however perform two routines for the crowds at the World Cup (more here).
Max said “After the incredible experience competing in Rio last summer I took some time out of training to enjoy the moment and spend time thanking those who gave me so much incredible support. I’m very conscious since suffering from glandular fever two years ago, that I need to manage my body going forward as I want to continue to compete at the very highest level aiming towards Tokyo. I also want to ensure that when I do return to competition I’m in my best form possible with all of my routines at a high level. I’m working on improvements and new elements that take time to perfect. I’m disappointed not to compete at the events in the next few months but I will definitely be at them cheering on my teammates and hopefully meeting lots more of the incredible British Gymnastics fans. My target is to make the British team for the World Championship and be in a position to fight for the medals once again.”
We will be offering ticket holders at the Gymnastics British Championship the chance to meet Max on both the Saturday and Sunday, look out for more information coming soon!