MAX Whitlock praised the performance of his team-mates after Great Britain claimed a fourth-place finish in the men’s team gymnastics competition in Tokyo.

The result, which emulated their fourth place in Rio in 2016, saw Whitlock and team-mates Joe Fraser, James Hall and Giarnni Regini-Moran place behind the gold medallists representing the Russian Olympic Committee, followed by hosts Japan in silver, with China taking bronze.

Whitlock, who had already safely qualified for the individual pommel final next Sunday, produced a superb score of 14.966 in the last rotation which proved enough to lift Britain ahead of the US.

Whitlock said: “I didn’t know what the scores were, how big the gap was or where we were placed. I do that on purpose because I have my plan, I come in and we all knew we were going all out today to do the big routines.

“Getting into the medals was always going to be hard – those three teams have showed so much strength throughout the cycle.

“We knew there was a gap there but that we were top five. We proved that today, we put a lot of risk into our routines and it paid off.”