London 2012 Olympic hero Max Whitlock sets his sights on Rio

One year on from his heroics at London 2012, Hemel Hempstead gymnast Max Whitlock says he is working hard to secure another shot at Olympic glory at the 2016 Games in Rio.

Adeyfield man Max won two medals in London and added to that with gold at the European Championships earlier this year – and he says he is hungry to bolster his medal collection in Brazil in three years’ time.

Max Whitlock at the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships. Pic (c) MINKUSIMAGES

Max Whitlock at the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships. Pic (c) MINKUSIMAGES

Before that, though, Max knows he has a lot of hard work ahead of him.

“It’s pretty crazy that it’s a year since the Olympics now,” said Max. “I can remember some of those moments like it was yesterday and I think it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

“Since then I’ve been to the Europeans and got some really good results there so I’m really happy with that.”

“Now hopefully I’ll qualify for the World Championships – that’s my next big goal.”

Max and his team-mates wowed the nation with an incredible performance in London last summer, and the 20-year-old has been tipped to lead the Team GB medal charge in Rio.

“I would love to go to Rio and I think it would be an amazing experience,” said Max.

“I’m focussing on Rio and getting to the World and European Championships on the way,” he said. “Rio is three years away but I think it will come round really fast.

“I think I’m quite ambitious,” he added. “I’m always pushing myself and I think that you need to do that in sport.”

“It’s never a guarantee that I will get into the team.”