Whitlock on form as men's team book Tokyo place
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Whitlock on form as men's team book Tokyo place

07 October 2019 / 19:06

Team GB have another Olympic place after the men's gymnastics team qualified for Tokyo with an emphatic performance at the World Championships.

Max Whitlock, Dom Cunningham, James Hall, Joe Fraser and Giarnni Regini-Moran were fifth overall after two sub-divisions and, with only three more teams to go, were assured of a top-12 finish.

The men’s team joins the women’s team in qualifying a spot at Tokyo 2020, after they delivered on Saturday while also qualifying for the World Championship final.

“There was a lot of pressure, and I think I felt that by the reaction of the boys after,” said Whitlock afterwards,

“I said before coming in that this isn’t just a World Championships. This is the Olympic qualification process.

“Everyone knows that in the back of their mind, but no one really talks about it too much, because that’s a lot of pressure to put on a team’s shoulders.

“Going out there, performing, and achieving that goal; we’ve got a four-man team going to Tokyo next year!”

The 26-year-old was unsurprisingly the leader of the pack and his pommel horse of 15.266 was the highest of anyone in the first two groups.

The double Olympic champion looks set for a place in the pommel horse final, while Fraser was sitting pretty in the all-round and parallel bars standings.

The women’s team final on Tuesday is the first medal opportunity for Great Britain, with the men’s final on Wednesday.

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