Golden boy Max strikes again as England win gold at the Commonwealth Games

Max Whitlock, second from left, won a Commonwealth Games gold medal with Team England in Glasgow
Max Whitlock, second from left, won a Commonwealth Games gold medal with Team England in Glasgow

Hemel Hempstead gymnastics star Max Whitlock has added another international medal to his collection as Team England stormed to gold in the men’s artistic gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games.

In front of a vocal crowd in Glasgow, England lived up to their pre-event favouritism as the superstar Olympian line-up of Whitlock, Sam Oldham, Kristian Thomas and Louis Smith – joined by European junior champion Nile Wilson – put in a superb display to top the standings.

The unstoppable quintet scored 266.804 points, ahead of second-placed Scotland with 257.603.

The format of the competition meant the gymnasts completed half of their routines on Monday, with the other three pieces taking place on Tuesday afternoon.

England dominated from start to finish to claim gold – with Adeyfield man Whitlock on imperious form on each of the six pieces of apparatus, scoring more than 90 points overall for the first time.

The highly-anticipated pommel horse routines of Whitlock and Smith – Olympic silver and bronze medallists – didn’t disappoint as both gymnasts produced great routines; Whitlock top-scoring with 15.733.

The Hemel man was on top form again in the second half of the competition, especially on the vault where he scored a huge 15.333 points with an outstanding display.

“We’ve been preparing for this for a long time , and for it to go well on the day in front of a crowd like this is amazing,” said Whitlock.

“We put in a good score and came together very well as a team.”

Whitlock, 21, was the stand-out competitor throughout and now turns his attention to the individual all-around and apparatus finals later this week, with another fistful of medals seemingly well within his reach.