Max Whitlock selected for 2015 World Gymnastics Championships

Max Whitlock. Picture (c) Jake McNulty
Max Whitlock. Picture (c) Jake McNulty

Max Whitlock has been selected to compete at the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow as the Team GB gymnasts aim for Olympic qualification at the Hydro Arena later this month.

Four of Great Britain’s Olympic medal winners from London 2012 will compete in the six-strong men’s team.

Max Whitlock has his sights firmly set on winning more medals

Max Whitlock has his sights firmly set on winning more medals

World Championship all-around silver medallist Max, triple Olympic medal winner and European pommel champion Louis Smith MBE and European floor champion Kristian Thomas join Scotsman and British champion Daniel Purvis as they aim for Olympic places.

The quartet are joined by European junior all-around champion Nile Wilson and English all-around champion Brinn Bevan in his first World Championships.

The event takes place from October 23 to November 1, bringing together more than 500 gymnasts for 10 days of competition.

GB men’s head national coach Eddie Van Hoof told “The team reflects the great strides made by the Great Britain’s men’s gymnastics programme with a real blend of experience and youth in our team.

“The primary aim for Glasgow is Rio qualification but a home World Championships with the fantastic home crowd also gives extra motivation for individuals to really make their mark.”

The most important championship of the Olympic cycle, this is the key event on the journey to the Rio with only the top teams qualifying to the Olympic Games next year.

The qualification rounds for both men and women take on further significance this year, as the top eight teams who qualify for the final will also secure their place for the team competition at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Great Britain will compete with their women’s team in subdivision 4 of qualification on Friday, October 23, with the men’s team competing in subdivision 1 on Sunday, October 25.