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Great Britain’s Max Whitlock will compete in the Pommel Horse Finals on 1 August. (Lawrence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Team GB’s Max Whitlock successfully defended his Olympic gold medal in the pommel horse discipline on Sunday.

After going first in the final, the 28-year-old performed brilliantly to earn a score of 15.583 in second place over Chinese Taipei’s Lee Chih-kai.

Kazuma Kaya of Japan won the bronze medal.

This is Whitlock’s third Olympic gold medal. He won gold in the pommel horse at the 2016 Rio Games, as well as gold in floor exercise.

He is the first person to successfully defend the pommel horse title since 1980.

At the Rio Games, Whitlock made history when he won Great Britain’s first medal in the all-around event for 108 years.

Upon becoming double Olympic champion in pommel horse, Whitlock called the feeling “real”.

“I don’t understand what just happened. It’s been a whirlwind journey, and I’m very grateful,” he told the media.

“I was the first, so it was the first time I was able to watch an entire pommel horse final; it’s just surreal.

“I never expect to medal. I prefer to go with the title if I come clean and have the ability. And the build-up, the routine, I couldn’t do anything else.

“I’m over the moon to come up with gold.

“I try not to let this third of my Olympics feel different from the others. I try to go to any Olympic Games with the same enthusiasm and hunger, but this morning I really felt the nerves. It’s now I was the most nervous till date. A competition, so it’s even more remarkable that I was able to perform under this pressure.”


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