Wonder Max Whitlock wins his THIRD gold medal of Commonwealth Games

Max Whitlock celebrates at the end of a stylish floor routine

Max Whitlock celebrates at the end of a stylish floor routine

First published in Local News

MAX Whitlock won his THIRD gold of the Commonwealth Games as he was crowned men's floor champion in Glasgow.

Whitlock, who trains at the Basildon-based South Essex Gym Club, claimed his latest title with a score of 15.533 after a near-faultless routine which was full of flair.

The 21-year-old Englishman added the top floor accolade to Tuesday's team gold and Wednesday's all-around title, with finals on the pommel horse, rings and parallel bars still to come.

The pommel horse battle with his old rival and England team-mate Louis Smith is next up later today and Whitlock barely had time for words before going away to focus on that challenge and the rings final that follows it.

He said: “I’m so happy with it, it’s amazing but I have got to focus on the next two apparatus now.”

Whitlock says having three gold medals under his belt already has helped him relax, not added more pressure.

He said: “It gives me confidence and makes me chill out a bit more as well.

“With those gold medals I can just go out and enjoy the rest of the experience now and just try to stay as relaxed as I can.

“I’m really looking forward to the pommel final now. Louis Smith and Daniel Keatings (Scotland) are both great athletes and great pommel horse competitors and hopefully it will be a really great final.”

Finishing behind Whitlock in the floor competition was Canada's Scott Morgan who took silver with 15.133 while 14.550 gave New Zealand's David Bishop bronze.

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