Whitlock helps GB seal Olympic spot

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport - By Si­mon Briggs

Two days af­ter Great Bri­tain’s fe­male gym­nasts had con­firmed their pres­ence at next year’s Tokyo Olympics, the men fol­lowed suit with a strong all-round show­ing in Stuttgart.

In the qual­i­fy­ing event at the World Cham­pi­onships, a team in­clud­ing Rio’s dou­ble gold medal­list Max Whitlock sealed their place in to­mor­row’s team fi­nal to make sure of a place in Ja­pan next year. Whitlock was the out­stand­ing per­former, land­ing a su­perb 15.266 on his favourite ap­pa­ra­tus, the pom­mel horse. He was ably sup­ported by Joe Fraser, with a strong rou­tine on the par­al­lel bars, and the de­pend­able James Hall. Giarnni Regini-mo­ran and Dom Cun­ning­ham com­pleted the team. In the blueriband in­di­vid­ual event, Si­mone Biles, of the United States, was streets clear and also landed her “triple-dou­ble” skill for the first time in com­pe­ti­tion.

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