World Cup delight for Mighty Max in Glasgow

Hemel Hempstead gymnast Max Whitlock added yet another gold medal to his collection

Hemel Hempstead gymnast Max Whitlock added yet another gold medal to his collection

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Max Whitlock was the star of the show once again as Great Britain took three medals at the 2016 World Cup in Glasgow in front a packed home crowd in the Emirates Arena.

World Champion Max took gold in the men’s competition after an impressive performance, ahead of Brazil’s Arthur Nory Oyakawa Mariano in silver, with Britain’s Dan Purvis clinching the bronze.

In the women’s event, powerhouse Claudia Fragapane took the bronze behind the USA’s Mckayla Skinner and Germany’s Elizabeth Seitz.

With three competitors and three medals, it was an impressive outing for the GB team in one of the first major competitions of the season.

Hemel Hempstead star Max, fresh from his historic World Championship win back in Glasgow just last year, started off strongly on the floor.

With just a few adjustments on landing he opened well to score a 15.033. Moving on to the piece where he is the reigning world champion, the pommel horse, Max didn’t disappoint the home crowd and completed his routine beautifully for a world class 15.500.

Over on the rings Max continued his good form to score 14.333 and on the vault he then completed his extremely difficult triple twisting Yurchenko, scoring 15.133.

Staying steady on parallel bars, Max then scored 14.500 to put him well above the rest of the field heading into the final rotation.

On the high bar - the piece of apparatus that denied him an all-around medal at the 2015 Worlds - Max looked calm and confident, finishing his routine for a 14.800 and all-around total of 89.299 to top the standings.

Max said afterwards: “I’m very happy as my target was to do clean routines across all six pieces in my first Glasgow World Cup.

“I really enjoy competing in Glasgow - it’s a place I look forward to coming to, knowing the crowd are really supportive.

“There’s plenty more competitions coming up quickly now and we all know what’s at stake with Rio the final aim, so to start off this way with World Cup gold is a great feeling.”