Peerless Whitlock is first Brit to defend world title
Max Whitlock is determined to continue pushing the boundaries of his sport after becoming the first Briton to defend a world gymnastics title in Montreal on Saturday.
The 24-year-old delivered a peerless performance in the men’s pommel final, scoring 15.441 to comfortably eclipse both his own score in qualification and the 15.100 of silver medallist David Belyavskiy.
But Whitlock, who had become the first British man to win a world crown in Glasgow in 2015, insisted he will never take his dominance for granted and will seek new ways to increase the distance between himself and his rivals.
Whitlock said: “I still feel like I’ve got a lot more I can give. I don’t know when I’ll be fully content, but one day when I feel like I’ve hit my limit I’ll be happy.
“If I look back at that routine, I can see quite a lot of places where I can improve on it and make it neater and cleaner. I just need to go straight back and work on the finer details.”
Whitlock had admitted to being nervous on account of his abridged build-up to Montreal, an uncharacteristic feeling which accounted to some extent for his failure to qualify for the floor final.
A lowly 47th place was some contrast to the flawless display which earned the first and most unexpected of his two Olympic gold medals in Rio last year, and heaped more pressure on his ability to execute his pommel routine.