GYMNASTICS: Whitlock aiming to push on from gold medal success

England's Max Whitlock competes on the pommel horse
England's Max Whitlock competes on the pommel horse

Max Whitlock is aiming to take the challenge to four-time world all-around champion Kohei Uchimura after claiming the Commonwealth title with a near faultless performance in Glasgow on Wednesday.

Whitlock won gold with a a total of 90.631 across all six pieces of apparatus to finish ahead of Scotland’s Dan Keatings (88.298) in silver medal position with England team-mate Nile Wilson (87.965) in bronze.

The 21-year-old has been targeting a step up to all-around success ever since he won team and pommel horse bronze at London 2012, but the next item on his agenda is October’s World Championships in China, where the big guns of the host nation, the United States and Japan will provide a much tougher test.

Japan’s Uchimura is expected to defend his all-around crown and bid to become the first man to win five successive titles, but, after winning gold in Glasgow, Whitlock is ready to go toe to toe with his hero.

“It’s an honour to be in the same sentence as that guy,” Whitlock said.

“He’s been an absolute idol for my whole gymnastics career and the guy I look up to. So I will be trying to push but I hit that 90 mark today and that’s something that’s a massive target of mine and hopefully I can keep pushing to get closer to 91.

“Since London 2012, all-around has been a massive target for me and to pull it off and for it to all come together on the day is great.

“It’s a big marker experience-wise and confidence-wise as well. It gives me a massive push today. I’ll be training really hard and hopefully I can get some new skills in there and that will be really good.”