Whitlock running on adrenalin as he eyes fifth Glasgow medal
July 31, 2014 23:31 pm
Max Whitlock admitted he is starting to feel the effects of a gruelling artistic gymnastics campaign at the Commonwealth Games but that won’t stop him pursuing medal number five.
Double Olympic bronze medallist Whitlock claimed two of six medals won by English gymnasts during the penultimate session at the Hydro – floor gold and pommel horse silver.
Whitlock was part of an all-British one-two-three on the pommel with Dan Keatings taking gold for Scotland while Louis Smith claimed bronze after trying out a new routine.
And, while Olympic silver medallist Smith contemplates the rest of the year without another competitive gymnastics outing, Whitlock still has one more day to go in Glasgow.
He will return to the Hydro for the parallel bars final and has vowed to put his fatigue to one side and end a campaign that has also delivered team and individual all-around gold on a high.
“I am very happy. The floor and the pommel went really well for me I was happy to produce those routines on the day,” he said. “I am starting to feel a little bit tired now but I have got one more day and I hope I can focus on that.
“The atmosphere pushes you, the adrenaline running through your body is unbelievable and the support we are getting is unbelievable.”
As Whitlock and Smith claimed half the English medals won in the session – Claudia Fragapane followed up her individual all-around gold with the vault title.
Becky Downie claimed gold on the uneven bars in which Ruby Harrold took bronze while Dan Purvis completed the success on the rings.
Competing for Scotland Purvis won bronze while Keatings, who represented Britain at the Beijing 2008 Olympics but missed out on London 2012, was in awe of his victory.
“I just feel incredible. I wanted to go out there early, put a good routine in and put pressure on the other boys,” he said.
“It was a truly world-class field so to come out on top feels amazing. Hearing the crowd singing the anthem will last with me forever, incredible.”
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