Great Britain’s Max Whitlock wins Bronze medal in Olympics 2016


Max Whitlock received Nice Britain’s first all-round gymnastics Olympics medal in 108 years as he took bronze in Rio.

Japan’s Kohei Uchimura, dominant within the occasion since 2009, retained his title and Ukraine’s Oleg Verniaiev received silver after an error on his last equipment.

Britain’s Nile Wilson completed in eighth place in his first Olympics.

Whitlock’s Olympic medal is barely the ninth gained by a British gymnast and the primary within the males’s all-round occasion since Walter Tysall’s silver in 1908.

Whitlock, 23, was one of many first to go within the final of six rotations and had wait anxiously after his flooring routine to see if his rivals would deny him a medal.

The British gymnast completed with a factors complete of ninety.641, solely zero.143 greater than Russia’s David Belyavskiy, who completed fourth.

Whitlock has now received three Olympic bronze medals after claiming two – within the crew occasion and within the pommel horse – at London 2012.

There was additionally drama within the race for the gold medal as Verniaiev, who had led because the third rotation, missed out on the title by a margin of 0.101 points after hopping ahead when dismounting off the excessive bar.

Favorite Uchimura, who additionally gained group gold with Japan in Rio, grew to become the primary gymnast in forty four years to win again-to-again Olympic all-round titles.

His time in Rio received off to a nasty begin when he racked up a £3,700 mobile phone bill taking part in augmented actuality recreation Pokemon Go.

“Six world championships and two Olympic wins in eight years is a superb victory,” mentioned Uchimura. “I’ve raised the bar.”

Gymnastics medallists
Bronze medallist Max Whitlock (left), gold medallist Kohei Uchimura (centre) and Oleg Verniaiev, who gained silver

‘I needed to show myself’

Whitlock has additional possibilities for Olympic medals as he has certified for the ground and pommel horse finals.

“My coach and I’ve been working so onerous over the previous 4 years,” mentioned Whitlock. “We stepped out of London 2012 and I needed to show myself as an all-rounder and I’ve executed that. I really feel I’ve accomplished that focus on now.

“Uchimura has been my idol for a very long time so I am very proud for him and Oleg Verniaiev, I have been competing with him for years. He is been producing enormous scores in the previous couple of years and I am very honoured to come back third to these two.

“That Crew GB have received extra medals as we speak makes it even higher. We’re very sturdy and hopefully everybody might be happy with our achievements in the present day.”

Max Whitlock
Max Whitlock scored 15.875 on the pommel horse, one of the best whole for any of the finalists

‘He held his nerve’

Beth Tweddle, who received Olympic bronze on the uneven bars in 2012, mentioned: “Max held his nerve. The competitors was so robust all through. All the high gymnasts carried out to their most.

“It went all the way down to the final 5 or 6 routines and Max went up first, set the bar and needed to sit and wait.

“Most of those lads are on their third competitors in a row, so it’s powerful and demanding on the physique. It was so shut on the high of that desk.”

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