Max eager to crack on after completing hardest pommel routine ever

Max Whitlock
Max Whitlock

Hemel Hempstead star Max Whitlock has turned his attention to qualification for this year’s World Championships after performing the most difficult pommel routine of all time at the FIG World Cup in Portugal.

European floor champion Max completed the routine with a difficulty of 7.3 to score 15.4 points and bag the pommel horse silver medal.

“It was a really good trip and a really good competition,” said Max. “I did exactly what I wanted to do – get through the new routines without worrying about how scruffy it was.

“It feels really good to set the new record and the more experience I can get, the better.”

And the double Olympic medallist is now aiming to hone his skills ready for the London Open in two months’ time.

The event acts as a qualifier for October’s World Championships, and Max will be competing on all six pieces of apparatus.

“Now I’ll be training hard to clean the routines up,” said Max.

“I’ve spoken with my coach Scott (Hann) and I’ll be trying some new moves on three or four of the pieces in London to prepare for the World Championships.

“My main focus now is to qualify for those.”