She felt sick until the end of the competition, but when Max Whitlock’s mum Madeleine saw that her boy had won an Olympic bronze medal in the pommel horse final on Sunday she breathed a sigh of relief.
The whole Whitlock family were there to see the 19-year-old take his second bronze – a week earlier he won his first medal as part of the men’s artistic gymnastics team at London 2012.
“It’s still sinking in,” said Madeleine from her home in Adeyfield, Hemel Hempstead.
“The routine he did was the best we have ever seen him do.
“He told us that when he got up on the pommel horse he could hear the crowd clapping and he couldn’t stop smiling.
“We were at the arena. I found it really hard. Emotionally, I felt sick until the end of the competition and we knew where he had come and had won a medal, then I could relax.
“When we realised he’d won bronze we just couldn’t believe it.
“We met up with him at GB House for medal winners and had a few hours with him. He was smiling, very happy, over the moon and enjoying the whole experience.”
Madeleine said that Max won’t be home in Adeyfield until after the closing ceremony for the Olympics.
He’ll be able to take in the rest of the games and celebrate in London before his hero’s return home to a huge party his family are organising for him.
They have been rooting for the teenager and have put up a huge ‘Good Luck Max’ banner up outside the family home on Adeyfield Road.
Madeleine said: “I think all parents hope that something amazing will happen when their children start a sport or hobby.
“Initially we didn’t think Max would be on this year’s team and that 2016 would be his cycle but he has gone, done really well and proved he deserved his place.”