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Whitlock wins pommel horse gold at Tokyo 2020 as Team GB star defends title

Max Whitlock collected Team GB’s 10th gold medal of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after a stunning routine which had the highest difficulty rating of any in the pommel horse final

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Max Whitlock triumphed in the men’s pommel horse at Tokyo 2020 to score another gold medal for Team GB and defend his Rio 2016 crown.

Whitlock, 28, was the first gymnast to perform and his fluent rendition of the most-challenging routine of the day saw him set a mammoth score of 15.583.

The three-time world champion’s rivals could not come close to matching his result, with Chinese Taipei’s Lee Chih Kai collecting silver with a score of 15.400 and Japan’s Kazuma Kaya grabbing bronze after posting 14.900.

Whitlock’s gold medal is Team GB’s 10th of the Tokyo Olympic Games and their 32nd overall, leaving them sixth in the table.



Whitlock blew his opponents away with the highest difficulty score of the final
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The Brit drew lavish praise for his display, with expert coach Christine Still describing it as his finest showing to date.

“Wow, how delighted is Max that he went first, how great when you can perform like that, to be the first up and throw down the gauntlet,” Still told BBC Sport .

“It’s the cleanest that we’ve seen him compete. He swung well, good extension through the body, not a flicker really. This was confident and fluent right to the end.”

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