Whitlock sees positives in World Championship performance
29 October 2018 / 17:28
Double Olympic champion Max Whitlock was determined to accentuate the positive after Great Britain missed out on a team medal at the gymnastics World Championships in Doha.
China took gold ahead of Russia and Japan - with the three podium teams all securing the first qualifying slots for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Great Britain were without Olympic bronze medallist Nile Wilson, absent with a finger injury, but the team - Whitlock, Brinn Bevan, James Hall, Dom Cunningham and Joe Fraser - produced a series of world-class routines.
However, some costly mistakes were the difference between their fifth place finish and a repeat of their medal performance from three years ago, when they won silver in Glasgow.
“People might look at the result and be negative having seen our previous placings but we’re really positive with our position at this point,” said Whitlock, part of the British men’s team that finished fourth at the Rio Olympics.
“To be up there with the top nations in the world with some errors, we can see that we’re really not far off.
“The good thing is we take lots of positives and have things we can work on as a team to take us forward. I’m really proud of the boys, fifth in the world is a pretty great result.”
Whitlock will now refocus his sights on the defence of his world pommel horse title on Friday, underlining his credentials with a huge 15.233 score on his signature apparatus in the team event.
Hall and Bevan will be the next Brits in action in Wednesday’s men’s all-around final, while Ellie Downie and Kelly Simm compete in the women’s event 24 hours later.
Becky Downie goes in the Friday’s uneven bars final while Cunningham competes in Saturday’s men’s vault, the apparatus on which he won bronze at the Commonwealth Games.