World Gymnastics Championships: Max Whitlock falls on pommel as Britain finish fifth
Oct. 09, 2019
Max Whitlock fell on the pommel horse in the men's team final as Great Britain finished fifth at the World Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart.
The 26-year-old, twice a world pommel champion, was last to compete for GB and recovered to score 14.133.
The team of Whitlock, James Hall, Giarnni Regini-Moran, Dom Cunningham and Joe Fraser scored 251.611, 10 marks behind winners Russia.
China finished second with Japan third and the United States fourth.
It was a first title for Russia with the former Soviet Union winning in 1991.
Russia and China, who took the top two places in qualification for the final, had a closely fought battle for gold throughout.
Sun Wei fell on the high bar as China scored 41.107 in the final discipline, compared to the Russian team's 43.498.
That gave China a final total of 260.729, with Russia crowned champions on 261.726.
Britain had sealed their place in the men's team event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by qualifying for the final in fifth place.
Regini-Morgan scored 14.833 on the vault in the final, while Hall returned the same impressive score in the parallel bars.
Hall said: "Fifth in the world is an enormous achievement and I'm so, so pleased, especially for the team. It was incredible and I enjoyed every second of it."
Only Regini-Moran from the quintet was not involved in last year's championships when Britain also finished fifth.