The Team GB men’s gymnastics team put in some confident performances to ensure eight finals on the first day of the gymnastics at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The team of Max Whitlock, Louis Smith MBE, Brinn Bevan, Nile Wilson and Kristian Thomas finished with a total of 268.670 to place 5th behind China (270.461), the USA (270.405), Russia (269.612) and Japan (269.294) to successfully make the team final taking place on Monday evening.
Individually, Nile Wilson was the top all-around scorer for GB with 89.240 placing 5th after some confident performances which will see him into Wednesday’s all-around final. He also posted a world class 15.500 on the high bar, making the final in 2nd place.
Max Whitlock also made the all-around final in 12th with 88.232 but will look to improve on his score after having to count falls on vault and high bar. On his strongest events however, the pommel horse and floor, he was incredible, scoring 15.800 to top pommel qualification and make the final and 15.500 on floor also making the final in 4th. Kristian Thomas will join Max in the floor final after he scored 15.233 to qualify in 7th.
Louis Smith MBE impressed individually on the pommel horse where he finished with 15.700 and heads into the final, finishing 2nd, only behind teammate Max.
Max said after: “I’m really happy. Qualification rounds are always tough, especially for me – in the past it’s been a bit nervy.
“It’s probably one of the strongest teams we’ve ever had. The 2015 World Championships where we came second in front of China really proved that. We need to take what we’ve done [in qualification], use the experience we’ve got and go out there and enjoy it.”
Nile Wilson said: “I’m loving every second of it and I’m focussing on enjoying myself. All I was focussing on was my gymnastics and what I can do. I had a couple of little wobbles, but all in all it was very consistent and clean.
“Things do happen in events, things can go wrong, but you just have to keep focussed. We’ve trained all our lives for this competition, so I’m not going to let anything get in the way of that.”
Louis Smith MBE added: “I’m feeling really great. The team is looking good. You bring a certain level of confidence into a competition when you feel ready.
“I felt so good last week and I haven’t failed a routine in three weeks. I hope that showed on the pommel horse – I felt solid.”
Full results can be found on the Rio 2016 Official website.
Competition continues on Sunday 7th August with the women’s qualifications. The action starts at 1.45pm with our GB women’s team competing in subdivision 3 at 6.30pm (UK time).