Now it’s golden glory as marvellous Max Whitlock makes history

Max Whitlock
Max Whitlock

After sealing his status as GB’s number one gymnast with a silver medal at the European championships in Moscow, Hemel Hempstead’s Max Whitlock has now gone one better with a gold.

Max made history by becoming Britain’s first European champion on the floor, sharing top spot with Israel’s Alexander Shatilov on a score of 15.333.

Although Max’s routine difficulty was higher, Shatilov received better scores for his routine.

The 20-year-old from Adeyfield can now boast a three-medal haul – he was runner-up in the all-disciplines event on Friday and also scored bronze on the pommel horse.

“It means so much to be known as a European champion,” said Whitlock.

“After the Olympics I really wanted to step it up across all of the apparatus and it’s happening, which is just brilliant.”

Team-mate Daniel Keatings made up for missing London 2012 through injury with victory on the pommel horse.

See Wednesday’s Gazette for a full report and reaction.