MAX Whit­lock has be­come the first Bri­tish gym­nast to de­fend a world ti­tle suc­cess­fully, af­ter he won gold on the pom­mel horse at the World Artis­tic Gym­nas­tics Cham­pi­onships in Mon­treal.

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Whit­lock has won a to­tal of six World Cham­pi­onship medals now, and that makes him the most suc­cess­ful Bri­tish gym­nast at the com­pe­ti­tion. He has one medal more than Beth Twed­dle, but she has three golds – one more than him.

Af­ter win­ning gold, Whit­lock said: “I think we can stand here and be very proud. And mak­ing his­tory again, I couldn’t be hap­pier.”

Whit­lock scored 15.441, ahead of Rus­sia’s David Belyavskiy in sec­ond, and Xiao Ruoteng of China in third.

Bri­tain’s only other medal at the cham­pi­onships was the bronze won by Clau­dia Fra­ga­pane on the floor. She scored 13.933, which put her be­hind Jade Carey of the USA (14.2) and gold medal­list Mai Mu­rakami of Ja­pan (14.233).

Max Whit­lock has made his­tory

Clau­dia Fra­ga­pane in ac­tion

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