Tokyo 2020 news - 'The most nervous I've ever been' - Max Whitlock describes Pommel Horse pressure
Great Britain's Max Whitlock put in an excellent performance to win a gold medal at the men's Pommel Horse event on Sunday. Afterwards he told Eurosport of his nerves and how he maintained his focus under the pressure of the event. You want it? We have it. Stream every Olympic event live on discovery+.
'That's the most nervous I've ever been' - Whitlock on winning routine
“Today it was just so difficult for some reason. There’s a lot of outside pressure with people expecting me to bring back gold, because I’ve done that before.
"But my own pressures this time, because I know what it feels like to win gold, and I wanted that feeling again. So it was very surreal to be standing here with the gold medal, it’s crazy.”
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He then gave insight on how he had to maintain his concentration.
“There’s obviously skills in there that are tougher to get right,” he said.
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“When it comes to those skills you think, 'just go for it'. It’s the only thing you can do. I was the first man up which I don’t think I’ve ever done before, so I had to put down a big score. I couldn’t judge it by how the competition was going. Usually I have three difficulties, this time there were no options, all those were blown out the window. So it was all in, so it was the biggest routine that I’ve ever competed. Most risky one.
“I try not to think about medals, past results, future results. In terms of performances I’m so proud.”
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