Whitlock fourth in high quality world all-around final

03 October 2013 / 22:21

Max Whitlock narrowly missed out on a medal in a high-quality all-around final at the gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp.

The double Olympic bronze medallist, in his debut at the event, finished fourth as Japan's Kohei Uchimura became only the second gymnast in history to win four consecutive world all-around titles.

Whitlock's British team-mate Dan Purvis - fourth himself two years ago in Tokyo - also secured a top ten finish in seventh.

Whitlock produced the best score of the day on the pommel horse to underline his hopes for a medal in his signature discipline this weekend.

He posted a total of 89.031 across the six apparatus to finish just 0.3 points behind German bronze medallist Fabian Hambuechen. Japan's Ryohei Kato took silver.

“I’m very happy with that, coming in to my first World Championships and leaving with fourth place, competing amongst the very best its fantastic," said Whitlock. 

"Going up first on pommel there was some pressure but I went all out for it and I’m really happy to have got through it, and the whole competition, cleanly.”

Purvis was also delighted with his performance, which secures him a place in the FIG World Cup series.

"To be up there in the top eight in the world is amazing, that’s probably the hardest all-around competition I’ve ever done with a really high standard from everyone," he said.

"I can’t really pick any major faults to be honest, of course there always small things but overall I’m really pleased and proud of that performance."

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