Athlete 101: Max Whitlock

Who is Max Whitlock?

Max Whitlock is a British gymnast.

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When is his birthday?

January 13th 1993

What else do you need to know about Max Whitlock?

Max Whitlock is a five-time olympic medalist. All around, Team Floor Exercise and twice on Pommel Horse. He won two gold medals and three bronze medals and he is also a five-time world medalist on the same apparatus winning one gold and four silvers. He became Britain’s first ever gold medalist in artistic gymnastics at the 2016 summer Olympics.

Max came properly into the spotlight back in 2012 when he won bronze at the Pommel Horse at the Olympics. He then won the silver medal at the floor apparatus at the 2013 European Championships.

At the 2014 European Championships, Max and his four British teammates got silver in the Team event behind Russia. In the final events, Max took the gold medal in the Pommel Horse and bronze in the Parallel Bars. He was then chosen to compete in the 2014 at the World Artistic Gymnastic Championships in Nanning, China. The result was that he had a difficult time in qualifying, with a fall on the Floor Exercises and errors on Pommel Horse. He didn’t qualify for any individual events. This included the All Around due to the two per country rule and he qualified behind two of his teammates. Although, when one of them had to pull out because of an injury, Max replaced him and won the silver medal.

At the 2015 English Championships, Max won gold on the Pommel Horse. But, he then struggled a lot on the other events and didn’t compete in the Vault. Due to illness, he then only competed in Pommel Horse in the British Championships and won silver behind Louis Smith. Max then found out that he was suffering from glandular fever. After taking some time out to recover, he then competed in the World Championships in Glasgow. Here, he was part of the first British team to win a medal in the team all-round competition at a World Championships as they scored a silver medal. He competed in the Floor and Pommel Horse finals. He won the silver on the Floor and then became then first British man to win gold at the Wold Championships in the Pommel Horse.

2016 has been a very successful year for Max too. At the Glasgow World Cup, he won the all-around. And, he was selected to be in the 2016 Great Britain Gymnastic Team for the Olympics. Here he won a bronze medal all-around gymnastics event which was Britain’s first medal in the event for 108 years. He then won gold in the individual floor event. This mean he became the first British gymnast to win an individual gold. A couple hours later he then won an individual gold on the Pommel Horse.

Watch Max’s 2016 Rio Olympic highlights!

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