‘He’s a great guy and worthy Olympian’: MP congratulates double gold medallist Max Whitlock

Max Whitlock with Louis Smith following the men's pommel horse
Max Whitlock with Louis Smith following the men's pommel horse

Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning has added his congratulations to Max Whitlock after the gymnast won two gold medals at Rio 2016.

Whitlock made history yesterday when his floor routine landed him the first ever Olympic gold for a British gymnast.

Mike Penning

Mike Penning

The 23 year old, who was born in Hemel Hempstead, then won the pommel horse competition to take his medal haul to two golds and one bronze at the games.

“What an incredible achievement for Max,” Mr Penning said. “I’m an honoured to have met him and his wonderful family several times and I am delighted at this result.

“He’s a great guy and worthy Olympian. He has truly made GB Olympic history.

“It shows what dedication and hard work can achieve. Local club Sapphire Gym, where Max started out his gymnastics career, can truly be proud of the part they played in helping him achieve his Olympic dream. It doesn’t get better than that.”