Max Whitlock, a British star aiming for gold in the Olympics pommel final, is at a disadvantage.
On Sunday, Max Whitlock will defend his Olympic pommel gold from Rio 2016.
Max Whitlock, who is attempting to win his third Olympic gold medal, may be at a significant disadvantage in today’s pommel final. Whitlock won gold on both the floor and pommel at Rio 2016 five years ago.
He decided not to defend his floor title in Tokyo 2020, instead focusing on the men’s team and pommel.
Whitlock nearly missed out on his sixth Olympic medal in the men’s team final, finishing fourth.
Whitlock collaborated with Joe Fraser, James Hall, and Giarnni Regini-Moran to create some spectacular routines.
On the pommel, the two-time Olympic gold medalist scored 14.966 to enable Team GB leapfrog the United States into fourth place.
During the men’s final, only Sun Wei of China outperformed Whitlock on the apparatus.
On Sunday, the couple will compete in the individual event on the pommel horse once more.
Rhys McClenaghan of Ireland is also expected to medal, with Lee Chih-Kai the favorite.
Whitlock, on the other hand, may be at a disadvantage in the final, according to American Cup winner Katelyn Ohashi.
The pommel final, which begins at 10.41 a.m., will feature the British gymnast first (BST).
And, according to Ohashi, this could cause Whitlock to suffer in comparison to those competing in the later phases of the competition.
“I would certainly go later because, while it is good to get it over with, I feel like the scoring is a little bit more lenient,” she explained.
“It climbs a little bit higher as the rotation goes on, and you also don’t have to sit there and wait for other scores to come in all nervous.” Whitlock qualified for the pommel final in fifth place with a score of 14.900.
Whitlock, on the other hand, stated that he expects a stronger performance in the final because qualifying is considerably more difficult for him.
“Qualifications is the most nerve-wracking event, the most difficult, because it determines the remainder of the Olympic Games,” Whitlock added.
“I am quite delighted with today’s events.”