Mighty Max dominates again to retain his title at the British Championships

Max Whitlock. Picture (c) Alan Edwards
Max Whitlock. Picture (c) Alan Edwards

Hemel Hempstead gymnastics star Max Whitlock has retained his British Masters title after a dominant display at the British Championships at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

Double Olympic medallist Max – who also won the English title two weeks ago – finished with an all-around score of 89.00 to beat Dan Purvis into silver with 87.20, while Dan Keatings won bronze with 87.05 points.

As well as taking the all-round crown, Max also won gold on the floor and rings, added a silver medal on the pommel and bagged bronze on the parallel bars at the event which acted as the last trials for Commonwealth Games selection.

Starting on floor, Max demonstrated his superb twisting tumbles to score a brilliant 15.600 for gold.

Next up was the pommel horse, where European Champion Daniel Keatings kept his nerve to score a personal best 16.133 with Max in silver medal position with 15.966.

On the rings, 21-year-old Max demonstrated his power and precision to score 14.933 and finish in gold medal position ahead of Purvis.

“My competition went really well and I managed to recover from the little mistake I made on high bar earlier on in the competition,” said Adeyfield man Max.

“The British Championships means a lot to me and to retain that title is really great, the crowd support really helped me get through the routines.

“The next few months I am going to try and up my difficulty a bit in preparation for the Europeans, Commonwealth Games and the World Championships.”

Meanwhile, Sapphire starlet Teal Grindle impressed with her confident and composed beam routine to win gold in the junior women’s apparatus finals.

She also won bronze medals on bars and floor.