Familiarity Key to Whitlock's Pommel Horse Win
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For Great Britain's Max Whitlock, who won gold in in Saturday's pommel horse final, the keys to his success on this apparatus are repetition and preparation.

For Great Britain's Max Whitlock, who won gold in in Saturday's pommel horse final, the keys to his success on this apparatus are repetition and preparation.

"Pommel horse is about controlling your nerves and really just going for it," said Whitlock, who scored 15.441 points to win the title over silver medalist David Belyavsky of Russia (15.100) and bronze medalist Xiao Ruoteng of China (15.066). "In training I do 100s and 100s of the skills that are in my routine, scruffy and clean. I do everything I possibly can to prepare myself for anything."

Whitlock, who also placed first on pommel horse at the 2015 Worlds in Glasgow and 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, said repetition in training leads to his ability to hit under competitive pressure.

"It's about being prepared so that, if something does go wrong in a routine, you can sort it out quickly," he said. "So it's about being able to react very quickly, as well. There's a lot of things that go into it."

Whitlock was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) following his success in Rio, where he made history with the bronze medal in the all-around and gold medals on the floor exercise and pommel horse. He took time off earlier this year, skipping the European and British championships, before coming back in Montreal, where he competed floor and pommel horse.

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