Magical Max Whitlock adds two more medals to his Commonwealth Games haul

Max Whitlock with his gold medal from his floor routine

Max Whitlock with his gold medal from his floor routine

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MAGICAL Max Whitlock added more medals to his magnificent Commonwealth Games haul on Thursday - including another gold.

The 21-year-old completed a hat-trick of gold medals when he was crowned floor champion with a near faultless routine that gave him a score of 15.533.

But his unbeaten run, which also included golds in the team and all-round competitions, ended straight after his floor routine in the pommel horse final.

Whitlock - who trains at the South Essex Gym Club at Basildon’s Sporting Village - is the Olympic bronze medalist on the pommel, but was beaten by Scotland’s Daniel Keatings in a thrilling final.

A fine score of 15.966 may not have been enough for Whitlock to wrestle the gold medal away from Keatings, but he did beat his old rival, Louis Smith, who finished on 14.966, to win a silver medal.

Whitlock then went on to finish fifth in the rings final, scoring 14.566.

And he will be back in action on Friday in his final event of the Games, the parallel bars final, where he will be bidding for a FIFTH medal.

“I’m very happy with my performances,” said Whitlock who has fast become England’s face of the Games.

“The floor and the pommel went really well for me and I was happy to produce those routines on the day.

“I’m starting to feel a bit tired now but I’ve just got one more day so I’m hoping to focus on the parallel bars now.

“I don’t even think about medals too much. I just like to go out and do my job.”

Friday will see an end to an exhausting week of competition for Whitlock who has been competing every day since Monday.

But he says the atmosphere in The Hydro arena in Glasgow ensures any tiredness he does feel is soon forgotten.

“The atmosphere in here pushes you and the adrenaline running through your body is incredible and the support we are getting is amazing.

“You just need to rest when you need to rest and focus when you need to focus.

“Parallel bars is a big bonus for me. I’m looking forward to it and hope I can go in with confidence and really go for that routine. Hopefully it will be a good one.”

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