Nile Wilson finished sixth in the World Championships all around final – less than a year after snapping his ankle ligaments.
Wilson gave a superb display on the six apparatus to total 85.332 points as China's Xiao Ruoteng won with 86.933.
“I really, really enjoyed that! The game plan was to go out and hit everything,” he said.
“I felt like I held back a bit in qualification so was determined this time to throw everything at my routines and leave the floor with a smile on my face which I’ve done.
“The high bar and floor were my highlights, sixth in the world, it’s incredible - what a feeling. I now know I’m mixing it with the best of the best and I’ve got more to come.
“I’m going to work even harder and get on that podium in the near future. Putting it into perspective with my injury trouble, eight months ago I was sat on the sofa in a cast. It shows that anything is possible if you work hard.”
Wilson began his competition on pommel horse. He upped the difficulty of his skills considerably compared to qualifying and it paid off as he scored 13.666 points and indicated early on that he was going to give everything in this final.
On rings he was very strong, a few small bounces and swings as he executed his skills before a near perfect dismount giving him a score of 14.300 to continue the momentum.
On vault he had to take a big step forward and to the right on landing his 2.5 twisting “Tsukahara” pass scoring him 14.100 marks meaning at the halfway point he was still half a point up on qualifying and going well in ninth spot.
Wilson again upped his game on the parallel bars with more difficult skills packed in to his routine than in qualifying, he was rewarded for it too scoring an impressive 14.500 points.
He didn’t hold anything back on high bar, the apparatus on which he won Olympic bronze. Every one of his difficult release and catch skills was expertly navigated and he finished with a near perfect routine scoring him 14.433 points.
His routine ended on the floor and he looked at ease as he executed his tumbles for a score of 14.333 points.
On Friday, Olympic floor bronze medallist Amy Tinkler will lead Great Britain's challenge in the women's all-around competition.
She will be joined by 16-year-old first-year senior Alice Kinsella - should she overcome an ankle injury she sustained in qualifying.