British men’s gymnastic team secure place at Tokyo 2020
Britain’s men’s team have secured their place at next year’s Olympics by qualifying for the final of the World Gymnastics Championships.
Max Whitlock, Joe Fraser, Dominic Cunningham, James Hall and Giarnni Regini-Moran finished fifth in the team event qualifying round in Stuttgart.
Double Olympic champion Whitlock led the way with a stunning pommel horse routine, with the two-time world champion on the apparatus topping qualifying with 15.266 points.
As well as Whitlock reaching the individual pommel horse final, Fraser qualified for the final of both the all-around and parallel bars, with Hall joining him in the all-around final.
Cunningham qualified for both the floor and vault finals.
Whitlock told British Gymnastics: “There was a lot of pressure, and I think I felt that by the reaction of the boys after.
“When I completed my routine successfully, I think it showed the pressure I was under, the boys were so pleased for me. We are such a good, close team, and we glued together so well.
“I’m so pleased with that pommel routine and I’m looking forward to the final. There’s an upgrade I have on the start score that I can do, but I’m just focusing on my job and hopefully producing some more clean routines.
“I said before coming in that this isn’t just a World Championships. This is the Olympic qualification process. Everyone knows that in the back of their mind, but no one really talks about it too much, because that’s a lot of pressure to put on a team’s shoulders.
“Going out there, performing, and achieving that goal – we’ve got a four-man team going to Tokyo next year!”
Britain’s women team will compete in the team final on Tuesday, before the men bid for a medal on Wednesday.