Max Whitlock crowned Commonwealth champion after stunning individual display

Photo (c)  Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Photo (c) Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Hemel Hempstead gymnastics ace Max Whitlock has completed a golden double after topping the standings in the individual all-round competition at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Fresh from leading Team England to gold in the team finals on Tuesday, Whitlock maintained his sparkling form to add another medal to his impressive collection.

The 21-year old, from Adeyfield, went into the tournament as strong favourite, having top-scored in the team competition with a sublime set of scores on each piece of appparatus.

And the double Olympic medallist justified his favouritism with another imperious display as he led the individual final from start to finish – fending off the competition from a number of his Team GB team-mates.

Whitlock began the competition with a superb 16-twist routine on the floor to score 15.466, before bettering that with a word-class display on the pommel horse for 15.866 to put him firmly in control.

A rings score of 14.733 sent him clear of his rivals at the halfway point, and he continued to boss proceedings with 14.500 on the vault and 14.966 on parallell bars – supposedly his weakest discipline.

That just left him to complete the formalities on the high bar, which he did in style to score 15.100 ­– for a fantastic total of 90.631 – and clinch a second Commonwealth gold medal in the space of two days.

And the Hemel man is not done yet; he turns his attentions to the individual finals for the rest of the week, where he will be targeting yet more medals in each of the disciplines.

Speaking after his golden display, Whitlock said:“Since London 2012 the all-around has been the target for me and to pull it all off today has been incredible.

“I wasn’t paying much attention to the scores, I just wanted to do my job out there. I can’t explain the feeling, it’s crazy.

“Before the final routine (high bar) I was so nervous, so for everything to come together and to stick my final landing like I did is unreal!”