ax Whitlock’s profitable defence of his Olympic pommel horse title made it a doubly golden Sunday for Group GB in Japan.
The 28-year-old gymnast from Hertfordshire turned a six-time Olympic medallist as his younger daughter and wider household watched from dwelling.
His mom Madeleine Whitlock stated she was “so proud” of her son, describing him as “my champion”.
Whitlock topped the rostrum after former prepare dinner Charlotte Worthington secured gold for Group GB within the BMX freestyle earlier within the day.
Sunday’s successes brings Group GB’s medal tally thus far within the Tokyo video games to 32, with 10 golds, 10 silvers and 12 bronzes.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed Whitlock’s victory, tweeting: “Congratulations @maxwhitlock1! Another fantastic result for @TeamGB”
In a while Sunday night, Group GB’s BMX racing stars Beth Shriever and Kye Whyte, who gained gold and silver respectively, have been welcomed again to the UK.
The pair posed with their medals at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5, with Shriever receiving a bunch of flowers, a kiss and embrace from boyfriend Brynley Savage.
A pommel gold medallist on the Rio video games in 2016, Whitlock has since married his childhood sweetheart Leah and welcomed now two-year-old Willow into the world.
Shortly earlier than his win in Japan, his spouse shared a photograph on Twitter of their daughter sitting alongside her cousins prepared to observe her father compete on TV.
In an interview with the BBC Willow despatched the message: “See you soon… well done Dad.”
Leah later tweeted after her husband’s win: “We are so unbelievably proud of you @maxwhitlock1
“You did the most amazing routine going up first and under so much pressure and you went for it. Just amazing. We can’t wait to see you! We love you so much!!”
She additionally posted video clips of her husband’s household celebrating his win.
Whitlock, who threw down an early gauntlet to his opponents by going first on the pommel, stated he felt “absolutely lost for words” and “completely overwhelmed” after his win.
He advised the BBC that defending his title had been “a million times harder” than profitable it for the primary time in Rio, including: “This is probably the most pressured environment I’ve ever been in.”
Whitlock hailed Group GB’s ongoing successes and stated: “The gold medals have been flowing in and I just wanted to do the same thing and to come out here and get my own. I feel very proud.”
He mirrored on the affect of the Covid-19 pandemic, including: “Just over a year ago we were stuck in our homes so it’s been (a) crazy, crazy journey to come from there to this, and make the most of it, from pommel horsing in my garden to Olympic gold medal.”
Earlier on Sunday, Worthington, from Manchester, landed the first-ever 360 backflip to be carried out in ladies’s BMX freestyle competitors, having labored in a Mexican restaurant as she skilled for this yr’s Video games.
The 25-year-old’s gold was adopted by a bronze for Declan Brooks within the males’s freestyle whereas a British quartet gained a silver within the final swimming occasion within the pool, the 4×100 males’s medley.
Worthington fell in her first run however landed a entrance flip and an enormous backflip on her solution to a first-place end, with Britain’s most profitable feminine Olympic monitor bicycle owner Laura Kenny saying: “I think that’s one of my favourite ever Olympic golds!”
Her former supervisor on the Racconto Lounge in Bury, Jordan Carter, advised the PA information company: “I feel really proud of her.”
Worthington’s mom Sarah advised Occasions Radio the win was “a bit like a dream really”, whereas Zoe Morris, headteacher of Chorlton Excessive College the place Worthington was a pupil, tweeted the efficiency was “inspirational”.
Brooks’ and Worthington’s medals means Group GB completed on the rostrum in all 4 BMX competitions in Tokyo.
In the meantime, within the pool, Duncan Scott gained a file fourth medal on the Video games with a silver within the medley relay alongside Luke Greenbank, James Man, and Adam Peaty.
Scott’s coach Steve Tigg stated he had “always been special” as he touted the swimmer as considered one of Scotland’s greatest-ever athletes.
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