Great Britain's Max Whitlock bagged a bronze medal and won a lot of hearts during the men's gymnastics


British Olympic gymnasts Max Whitlock and Nile Wilson agonisingly missed out on a medal win just on Tuesday in the men's team final, but if they were in the least bit deflated you wouldn't have known.

Whitlock, 23, who is often said to be the best male gymnast the UK has ever produced, and 20-year-old Nile Wilson were up against the world's greatest in the men's gymnastics all-round final.

Max Whitlock

In case you missed it (or tuned out for a little bit, as everyone does), all 24 potentials had to impress on the vault, floor, pommel horse, rings, parallel bars and high bar. The man to beat? None other than Japan's Kohei Uchimura, who bagged five medals at London 2012 and is reigning world champion. Hot on his heels score-wise were Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine, David Belyavskiy of Russia and the USA's offerings, Sam Mikulak and Chris Brooks.

Despite the tough competition, Whitlock ranked first after the first rotation.

However, he was edged out of first by ever-impressive Uchimura, despite putting on a flawless show on the rings. He, Wilson and all the other competitors still had a long way to go.

By the halfway point, Verniaiev had crept into first place, while GB maintained a solid second place. The extremely close nature of the competition started getting to some viewers.

It all came down to the wire as the judges deliberated.

Naturally everyone was overjoyed for Whitlock who won came third. Overjoyed and very much in love.

But let's not forget about Wilson - he might not have brought a medal home but he's won a LOT of new fans.

Swoon. Who knew gymnastics could be so sexy?