Max helps GB to gold ahead of Olympics

Max Whitlock helped Britain to gold at the European Championships.
Max Whitlock helped Britain to gold at the European Championships.

GYMNAST Max Whitlock has taken a step closer to Olympic selection after helping Great Britain to win their first ever major championship team gold medal.

Competing at the European Championships in Montpellier, 19-year-old Whitlock, from Adeyfield, also made the individual pommel final and must now wait to see if his performances were good enough to earn him one of the five coveted spots for London’s showcase event.

The GB team of Daniel Purvis, Kristian Thomas, Louis Smith, Ruslan Panteyleymonov and Whitlock claimed a winning score of 266.296 ahead of Russia in second (265.535) and Romania in third (261.319).

They now face an anxious wait for the GB squad announcement on July 4, although Max widely is tipped to claim a place.